ne·​glect·​ed ni-ˈglek-təd How to pronounce neglected (audio)
: not given proper or necessary care or attention
neglected children
a neglected subject
a sadly neglected garden

Examples of neglected in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before taking a property through eminent domain, cities and housing authorities had to prove part of a neighborhood was blighted — but their evidence could be as scant as a neglected home or business. Louis Hansen, ProPublica, 11 Sep. 2023 There’s a lot of wealthy men that can help raise money to men’s health, which is very neglected. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 30 Aug. 2023 Park and his crew ensure that there’s not a false or neglected detail, and shots with reflecting glass by DP Santiago Gonzalez nod to the great Edward Yang. Bonnie Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2023 By repurposing neglected properties, developers can generate employment opportunities, attract new businesses and enhance the overall economic health of the surrounding community. Stephen Nalley, Forbes, 17 July 2023 Kindergarten teacher’s aide Lucy Hart, for whom the author’s books were a balm as a neglected child, competes to win the coveted prize. USA TODAY, 27 May 2023 Looking Backward Kelley and Meka pulled down the size limit of a progression-free set by a shocking amount by injecting neglected tools like sifting into traditional methods. Leila Sloman, Quanta Magazine, 21 Mar. 2023 These opportunities have the potential to help people — especially those who remain neglected or entirely unserved by today’s health care system — maintain their health through proactive, holistic care, reducing the need for doctor and hospital visits. Ken Frazier, STAT, 7 Aug. 2022 Perkins also plans concerts with favorite and neglected gems by Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi, and others. James Bash | , oregonlive, 13 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


from past participle of neglect entry 1

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neglected was in 1570

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“Neglected.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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