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n. 1) failure to perform an act agreed to, where there is a duty to an individual or the public to act (including omitting to take care) or is required by law. Such an omission may give rise to a lawsuit in the same way as a negligent or improper act. 2) inadvertently leaving out a word, phrase or other language from a contract, deed, judgment or other document. If the parties agree that the omission was due to a mutual mistake, the document may be "reformed," but this may require a petition for a court order making the correction if it had been relied upon by government authorities or third parties. (See: negligence, breach of contract, reformation)

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OMISSION. An omission is the neglect to perform what the law requires.
     2. When a public law enjoins on certain officers duties to be performed by them for the public, and they omit to perform them, they may be indicted: for example, supervisors of the highways are required to repair the public roads; the neglect to do so will render them liable to be indicted.
     3. When a nuisance arises in consequence of an omission, it cannot be abated if it be a private nuisance without giving notice, when such notice can be given. Vide Branches; Commission; Nuisance; Trees.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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'In our view, no set formula can be fixed with regard to every omission to list an asset in the nomination paper and make a declaration of dishonesty and impose the penalty of lifetime disqualification,' it contended.
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However, pundit and former Bradford City midfielder Kamara feels Shelvey is one of the players who can feel most aggrieved by their World Cup omission.
Famously, Gascoigne was left out of England's World Cup squad for France 98 by Glenn Hoddle, and the ex-Newcastle Academy graduate admits it took him a long time to get over the omission.
Kalisch (2015) defined errors of omission as "any aspect of required patent care that is omitted or delayed" (p.7).
Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], October 29 ( ANI ): Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh on Sunday said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was 'an accumulative outcome of the axe of omission and commission committed by the Congress'.
Its an appalling omission and one wonders what incentive will there be for him to stay playing in Wales.
Studies that examined the effects of integrity errors on skill acquisition have evaluated errors of omission of controlling prompts (e.g., Grow et al., 2009; Holcombe, Wolery, & Snyder, 1994; Noell, Gresham, & Gansle, 2002), omission of reinforcement (e.g., Carroll, Kodak, & Fisher 2013), commission of reinforcement (e.g., DiGennaro Reed, Reed, Baez, & Maguire, 2011), and combined omission and commission errors (e.g., Carroll et al, 2013; Hirst & DiGennaro Reed, 2015; Jenkins, Hirst, & DiGennaro Reed, 2015; Pence & St Peter, 2015).
To help understand and reduce these incidents of missed nursing care and to establish a foundation for support, the American Nurses Association has released Errors of Omission: How Missed Nursing Care Imperils Patients.
You can hear her speak on her extensive 'errors of omission' research and strategies to improve the work environment, including teamwork and improving patient and family engagement.