for·​get·​ful | \ fər-ˈget-fəl How to pronounce forgetful (audio) , fȯr-\

Definition of forgetful

1 : likely to forget
2 : characterized by negligent failure to remember : neglectful
3 : inducing oblivion forgetful sleep

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forgetfully \ fər-​ˈget-​fə-​lē How to pronounce forgetfully (audio) , fȯr-​ \ adverb
forgetfulness noun

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Examples of forgetful in a Sentence

He became forgetful in his old age. we become more forgetful as we get older

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The Rattlers lost a forgetful championship game to the Philadelphia Soul in 2016 at Gila River Arena. Drake Hills, azcentral, "Triumph proves Arizona Rattlers are battle tested for United Bowl," 5 July 2019 What one seems to want in art, in experiencing it, is the same thing that is necessary for its creation, a self-forgetful, perfectly useless concentration. Christian Wiman, WSJ, "‘A Primer for Forgetting’ Review: The Past Need Not Be Prologue," 21 June 2019 That year, Alan Oaks blasted the most forgetful pitch of David Price’s college career to upend No. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan baseball pitching coach Chris Fetter masters the numbers and the mind," 20 June 2019 The Warriors went 4-1 during his return partly because his presence helped the team find purpose in otherwise forgetful regular-season games. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "DeMarcus Cousins: ‘I’m open’ toward re-signing with the Warriors," 14 June 2019 The person you’re talking to is either playing head games, honestly forgetful, or trying to send a message. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Etiquette Secrets of Proper Texting," 30 Apr. 2019 However, everyone gets a little forgetful sometimes. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Your Sunburn Itches — And How to Stop It," 19 Apr. 2019 The Voice fans are a lot of things, but forgetful is not one of them. Megan Stein, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Fans Threaten Not to Vote for Adam Levine’s Team After Last Year’s Drama," 26 Feb. 2019 However, the waitress proved to be slightly forgetful as well, and did not have a pen for the Emmy-award winning actor to use. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Alec Baldwin chased by waitress with check after dining at Hollywood restaurant," 18 July 2018

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First Known Use of forgetful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of forgetful

: tending to forget things : forgetting things often or easily
used to say that someone has forgotten something


for·​get·​ful | \ fər-ˈget-fəl How to pronounce forgetful (audio) \

Kids Definition of forgetful

: forgetting easily

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forgetfulness noun

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