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 forgetful (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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First Known Use of forgetful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Forgetful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of forgetful

: forgetting easily

Other Words from forgetful

forgetfulness noun

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