ne·​glect·​ed | \ ni-ˈglek-təd How to pronounce neglected (audio) \

Definition of neglected

: not given proper or necessary care or attention neglected children a neglected subject a sadly neglected garden

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Examples of neglected in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And her administration has yet to create incentives for developers to prioritize affordable housing and invest in neglected parts of the city. Lolly Bowean,, "Advocates push ‘Development for All’ ordinance to increase Chicago’s affordable housing options," 11 Dec. 2019 Welser-Most continues his season-long exploration of Prokofiev with the composer’s dark, widely neglected Symphony No. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra plans deep dives, wide variety: 2019-20 season preview," 12 Sep. 2019 The process was so thorough that the only neglected item was a ruler to confirm bin Laden’s height. David A. Shaywitz, WSJ, "‘Farsighted’ Review: How to Make Up Your Mind," 11 Sep. 2018 One, a portrait by New Orleans painter Julien Hudson, opens a channel to a neglected vision of America. Murray Whyte,, "On the walls at Harvard museums, calling out art’s racist, sexist history," 31 Aug. 2019 The cast is packed with youngsters, including the two actors who play the title role, a neglected little girl who eventually leads a rebellion against Trunchbull. Deborah Martin,, "Villains are scene stealers in ‘Matilda,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’," 18 July 2019 Readers watch Circe navigate a neglected childhood, bitter romances, years of isolation, and eventually a reckoning with her own power. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Picking a “destination novel” is the secret to great summer reading," 4 July 2019 He’s been building bridges locally, repairing old, neglected roads. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Why Mel Tucker’s football recruiting at CU feels “entirely different” for in-state coaches," 30 June 2019 Summer sports such as pickleball, golf, swimming and tennis rely heavily on one of the most neglected movement patterns: rotation. Ashley B. Greenblatt,, "4 exercises to prevent summer sports injuries," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of neglected

1570, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neglected

from past participle of neglect entry 1

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The first known use of neglected was in 1570

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19 Jan 2020

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“Neglected.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of neglected

: not given enough attention or care

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