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

Examples of neglected in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases are a global success story; after decades of progress, 600 million people no longer need treatment for NTDs, and 42 countries, territories and areas have eliminated at least one disease. Sarah Ferguson, Forbes, 30 Jan. 2022 Beyond that, sometimes people lie about whether an animal was a fighting dog, neglected or aggressive, so the rescue is careful about allowing volunteers handle certain dogs. Chris Perkins,, 18 Feb. 2022 Rejuvenation pruning is major surgery, used to restore neglected old shrubs that have become too tangled to tackle one branch at a time. Beth Botts,, 6 Feb. 2022 In particular, a 2018 Court of Appeals decision regarding the Towne and Terrace apartments, another neglected and unsafe complex in Indianapolis, kicked the legs out from under municipal governments in enforcing law against nuisances. Ko Lyn Cheang, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Jan. 2022 Their other work had centered on neglected diseases associated with poverty, like hookworm infections. NBC News, 7 Jan. 2022 Add ripe neglected bananas and maple syrup, and this might be your new morning addiction. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Jan. 2022 The goal is to accept only sick, malnourished, injured, neglected or dangerous animals, as well as those whose owners are facing an emergency or have exhausted all other options. Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 Green said if forecasts of up to 20 inches of rain prove true, the city's underfunded and neglected network of pumps, underground pipes and surface canals likely won't be able to keep up. David Aaro, Fox News, 30 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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13 Apr 2022

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“Neglected.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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