benign neglect


Definition of benign neglect

: an attitude or policy of ignoring an often delicate or undesirable situation that one is held to be responsible for dealing with

Examples of benign neglect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, DarkSide is a private, for-profit criminal organization that operates under the benign neglect of Russian authorities. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 10 May 2021 The company’s benign neglect was a boon for many creators. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2021 One Billion Americans also does not accept the challenge of the cultural and social assimilability of so many new Americans, glossing over objections with a few asides and benign neglect. Razib Khan, National Review, 12 Sep. 2020 The answer isn't necessarily to go back to benign neglect of previous decades, Leahy said, but to find the balance that works for your child. Elissa Strauss, CNN, 28 Aug. 2020 Such a major move could anger Chinese Switch gamers whose imports have been treated mostly with benign neglect thus far. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 10 Apr. 2020 Luckily there was plenty to do under the benign neglect of my uncles. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2020 Sometimes the best practice is benign neglect; overwatering is the silent killer. Cotton Codinha, Allure, 18 Feb. 2020 As our weekends filled with Little League and birthday parties, the yard fell into a state of benign neglect. Grace Hwang Lynch,, 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of benign neglect

1899, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2021

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“Benign neglect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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