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
Recent Examples on the Web And remember, chronic stress makes people super forgetful. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "We all could use a little therapy right now," 21 May 2020 Wiener Staatsoper/Michael Pöhn VIENNA — The prompter’s box at the foot of the stage of the Vienna State Opera houses the person to whom divas can turn at forgetful moments for a snippet of text to get back on track. Ben Miller, New York Times, "A Female Composer Makes History With ‘Orlando’ in Vienna," 6 Dec. 2019 The riding hailing service’s Lost and Found Index 2020, released yesterday (March 12), suggests Indians are a forgetful lot. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Artificial tooth, injections, tricycles: Uber reveals what Indians leave behind in their cabs," 12 Mar. 2020 Without regular in-person reminders about events and schedules, the ability to connect those dates and times to your chats and emails connects the sinewy tissue that is a forgetful, busy workforce. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tracking the future of remote workplaces: Apps, communication, and liability," 3 Feb. 2020 From his parents’ vantage point, the high school freshman was growing into himself — at times, awkward, forgetful or lost in daydreams. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "After her young teen’s death by suicide on a Plano ISD campus, this mom fights for change," 27 Jan. 2020 Some people may be forgetful or leave out the most pertinent details because of holiday distractions. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 23, 2019: Cancer, rise above it all; Aquarius, keep the mistletoe handy," 23 Dec. 2019 But after several weeks of feeling vaguely ill and forgetful, she was struck by a terrifying crisis. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "As epilepsy drugs fail nearly one-third of patients, scientists seek root causes of seizures," 12 Dec. 2019 Gilbert, now 76, is rheumy eyed and slightly forgetful. The Economist, "Grave hopping with Gilbert & George," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of forgetful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Jun 2020

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“Forgetful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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