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(less commonly), remittal
1. the act of remitting or state of being remitted
2. a reduction of the term of a sentence of imprisonment, as for good conduct
3. forgiveness for sin
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a period during the course of a chronic disease of man or animals during which the disease’s symptoms diminish or disappear. Remissions may result from the cyclic nature of a disease, as in the case of malaria, manic-depressive psychosis, or familial Mediterranean fever. They may also arise spontaneously, as with nephrolithiasis, or result from treatment, as in the case of schizophrenia or chronic dysentery.

Remissions may be complete or incomplete, depending on the degree of abatement of the subjective and objective symptoms of the disease. Complete remissions may continue for months and years, as in the case of lymphogranulomatosis. In other diseases, remission is unstable and may soon give way to a recurrence of the disease. Some symptoms of a disease, such as chromosome disturbance in the case of leukoses, may persist during complete remissions; therefore, maintenance therapy is often continued. At times it is difficult to distinguish complete remissions of many years from actual recovery, for example, with acute lymphoblastic leukosis in children.

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According to the convicts, remission makes a prisoner to desire for self-improvement and essentially places their fate into their own hands.
Special remission of 120 days per year for the date of sentence for male prisoners who are 65 years of age or above and have undergone at least 1/3rd of their substantive sentence, expect those involved in culpable homicide and those involved in terrorist acts, as defined in the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
Special remission of one year to female prisoners who have accompanying children and are serving sentence of imprisonment for crimes other than culpable homicide and terrorist acts, as defined in the Anti-Terrorism (Second Amendment) Ordinance, 1999.
The Punjab government, in line with directives from the federal government, granted special remission in sentences on Eid.
They are as follows: Special remission of 60 days for all convicts, except the condemned prisoners and except those convicted of murder, espionage, subversion, anti-state activities, terrorist activities, Zina, robbery, dacoity and those undergoing sentences under foreign Act, 1946, if they have undergone two third of their substantive sentence of imprisonment.
She persuaded thousands of people to sign up as donors with the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow register and raised cash to help other young patients from her ward at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, and back home during remission.
Remission simply means a decrease in or disappearance of signs and symptoms of cancer from your body.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Oct 12 (ANI): As part of the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, over 900 prisoners have been released in the first phase of the Centre's scheme for grant of special remission to specific categories of prisoners.
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A study has found a clear link between remission of the condition and weight loss