forgetful

adjective
for·​get·​ful | \ fər-ˈget-fəl, 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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Other Words from forgetful

forgetfully \ fər-​ˈget-​fə-​lē , fȯr-​ \ adverb
forgetfulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for forgetful

Synonyms

absentminded

Antonyms

retentive

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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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Weingarten also observed that these accidents happen across all socioeconomic, racial, and educational lines, and that in 40% of cases, the forgetful parent wasn't charged with any crime. Kaitlin Menza, Good Housekeeping, "Another Forgotten Child Died in a Car — And Sadly, This Is Still Too Common," 12 May 2016 And people can be forgetful or reluctant to admit to symptoms and behavior that are stigmatized. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Symptoms of ADHD in teens linked to heavy screen time," 17 July 2018 After a while, the Tooth Fairy got forgetful and a little resentful at our house. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "The Great Mom Debate: How Generous is the Tooth Fairy at Your House?," 5 Feb. 2012 But following their relegation, Stoke, as quoted by The Sun, have allowed Wimmer to depart on a season-long loan to Hannover; bringing a temporary end to a forgetful spell. SI.com, "Stoke City Flop Kevin Wimmer Secures Loan Switch to Bundesliga Following Relegation Campaign," 27 May 2018 The discussion surrounding gun control reform and school shootings has managed to maintain a front and center position in an often echoing and forgetful news cycle. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Gen Z Made The Most Powerful & Inspiring Posters For March For Our Lives," 22 Mar. 2018 In 1950, young Congressman Jack is a faithless and forgetful lover, but Alicia Darr, a Polish immigrant working as popcorn girl at a Hyannis Port movie theater, is smitten. Patty Rhule, USA TODAY, "Young Jack Kennedy's real-life summertime fling inspires cynical novel," 28 May 2018 What could be considered both relief for the forgetful and the bane of collectors and sentimental people alike, the Ravens are doing away with paper tickets from here on out, beginning with the 2018 season. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens announce digital ticketing for game days, new 4K video boards at M&T Bank Stadium," 12 July 2018 Saxons and Britons live together peaceably, protected from memory by a cloud of forgetful mist. The Economist, "Brexit is reverberating in British literature," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of forgetful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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forgetful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of forgetful

: tending to forget things : forgetting things often or easily

—used to say that someone has forgotten something

forgetful

adjective
for·​get·​ful | \ fər-ˈget-fəl \

Kids Definition of forgetful

: forgetting easily

Other Words from forgetful

forgetfulness noun

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