adjective ne·glect·ful \ni-ˈglek(t)-fəl\

: not giving enough care or attention to someone or something

Full Definition of NEGLECTFUL

:  given to neglecting :  careless, heedless
ne·glect·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
ne·glect·ful·ness noun

Examples of NEGLECTFUL

  1. <he's certainly not a neglectful father as he takes very good care of his children>

First Known Use of NEGLECTFUL


Synonym Discussion of NEGLECTFUL

negligent, neglectful, lax, slack, remiss mean culpably careless or indicative of such carelessness. negligent implies inattention to one's duty or business <negligent about writing a note of thanks>. neglectful adds a more disapproving implication of laziness or deliberate inattention <a society callously neglectful of the poor>. lax implies a blameworthy lack of strictness, severity, or precision <a reporter lax about accurate quotation>. slack implies want of due or necessary diligence or care <slack workmanship>. remiss implies blameworthy carelessness shown in slackness, forgetfulness, or neglect <had been remiss in their familial duties>.
NEGLECTFULLY Defined for Kids


adjective ne·glect·ful \ni-ˈglekt-fəl\

Definition of NEGLECTFUL for Kids

:  not looking after or giving attention to :  negligent


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