neglectful

adjective
ne·glect·ful | \ni-ˈglek(t)-fəl \

Definition of neglectful 

: given to neglecting : careless, heedless

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neglectfully \ni-ˈglek(t)-fə-lē \ adverb
neglectfulness noun

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negligent, neglectful, lax, slack, remiss mean culpably careless or indicative of such carelessness. negligent implies inattention to one's duty or business. negligent about writing a note of thanks neglectful adds a more disapproving implication of laziness or deliberate inattention. a society callously neglectful of the poor lax implies a blameworthy lack of strictness, severity, or precision. a reporter lax about accurate quotation slack implies want of due or necessary diligence or care. slack workmanship remiss implies blameworthy carelessness shown in slackness, forgetfulness, or neglect. had been remiss in their familial duties

Examples of neglectful in a Sentence

he's certainly not a neglectful father as he takes very good care of his children

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The neurotic single mother, Laura (Vera Farmiga), who fills her Seattle home with rescue animals to plug the hole left by her chronically neglectful father. Shana Feste, New York Times, "Review: A Father and Daughter Renegotiate ‘Boundaries’," 21 June 2018 Duncan was raised in Baltimore, bouncing between what defense attorneys describe as abusive and neglectful homes where he was exposed to lead paint. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "‘I was a poser,’ says young man caught with Islamic State propaganda and child porn," 6 July 2018 But the cub isn't out of the woods yet – her 7-year-old mother quickly began exhibiting neglectful behavior, according to the news release, including leaving her unattended toward the outside of her den. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Newborn red panda cub at Sacramento Zoo fighting to survive," 28 June 2018 Police have determined that no unlawful or neglectful act was committed in Paige’s death and will not be filing charges, the news release states. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "5-Month-Old Mauled to Death in Bed by Seemingly Friendly Dog: 'I Never Heard of Anything Like This'," 15 June 2018 Tori Fugate, director of marketing for the KC Pet Project, said the organization receives about 30 new animals every day, and four or five of those animals have been through abusive or neglectful situations, or have extensive injuries. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "He kicked a cat as someone yelled 'field goal' in video. City wants help finding him," 19 June 2018 Now in her second term as the public advocate, Ms. James has used the office to take on neglectful landlords and the city. Jeffery C. Mays, New York Times, "Letitia James, Weighing Political Calculus, Enters Attorney General Race," 16 May 2018 His treatment of Eliza, at once indulgent and neglectful, is as much an object of critical scrutiny as the flower girl's transformation. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "What 'My Fair Lady' and 'Carousel' bring to Broadway that 'Mean Girls' does not," 17 May 2018 He's joined by an outstanding supporting cast, including Hugo Weaving as his horrid father, Jennifer Jason Leigh as his neglectful mother, and a brief turn from Allison Williams (Girls) as the girl of his dreams. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: In 'Patrick Melrose,' Benedict Cumberbatch is raw, messy and better than ever," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of neglectful

1624, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neglectful

neglect entry 2 + -ful entry 1

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neglectful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of neglectful

: not giving enough care or attention to someone or something

neglectful

adjective
ne·glect·ful | \ni-ˈglekt-fəl \

Kids Definition of neglectful

: not looking after or giving attention to : negligent

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