pretermit (pree-t<<schwa>>r-mit), vb. 1. To ignore or disregard purposely <the court pretermitted the constitutional question by deciding the case on procedural grounds>. 2. To neglect, overlook, or omit accidentally <the third child was pretermitted in the will>. • Although in ordinary usage sense 1 prevails, in legal contexts (esp. involving heirs) sense 2 is usual. [Cases: Descent and Distribution 47. C.J.S. Descent and Distribution §§ 51–54.]

[Blacks Law 8th]