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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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 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., "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,, "Gen Z Made The Most Powerful & Inspiring Posters For March For Our Lives," 22 Mar. 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

Other Words from forgetful

forgetfulness noun

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a strong desire or propensity

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