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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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 The Maldives’ new government wants to boost lower-end tourism to unlock development across the Indian Ocean nation, where most residents live on neglected islands. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "Maldives, a Destination for the 1%, Chases the Backpacker Buck," 10 Feb. 2019 The plan is part of a broader government campaign to spread South Korea’s economic development, overwhelmingly concentrated in Seoul, to relatively neglected corners of the country. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "Want to Oversee the World’s Third-Largest Pension Fund? There’s Just One Catch," 11 Sep. 2018 Officer Celeste Jaqueline Ayala was working guard duty at the Sor Maria Ludovica children’s hospital in Buenos Aires when a neglected baby was brought in. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Police officer praised for breastfeeding malnourished baby while on duty at hospital," 20 Aug. 2018 Most reports generated by consultants are destined to ride out eternity inside a neglected drawer, and BSR’s contribution to the Myanmar situation deserves a similar fate. Casey Newton, The Verge, "One easy thing Facebook should do in Myanmar," 10 Nov. 2018 My beef, rather, is that improving the American education system, while important, is neither a neglected cause nor a tractable one. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Billionaires are spending their fortunes reshaping America’s schools. It isn’t working.," 30 Oct. 2018 Many of those Christians live in the often undeveloped, neglected periphery states. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "With world's attention on Rohingya Muslims, Christians in Burma also face brutal persecution," 17 Aug. 2018 Eventually, the neglected parcels became strings of parks, cemeteries, golf courses and, in time, some of the region’s most attractive neighborhoods, often heavily landscaped and densely wooded. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt takes another significant policy step as controversies swirl," 8 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of neglected

: not given enough attention or care

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to take the place or position of

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