neglectful

adjective
ne·​glect·​ful | \ ni-ˈglek(t)-fəl How to pronounce neglectful (audio) \

Definition of neglectful

: given to neglecting : careless, heedless

Other Words from neglectful

neglectfully \ ni-​ˈglek(t)-​fə-​lē How to pronounce neglectful (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Michael, facing ongoing visa issues, is still in Nigeria as Angela reels from his neglectful behavior. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 13 July 2022 Among his claims: Nearly 100 cases of child abuse and neglect were misplaced and languished for months, leaving some children stuck in abusive or neglectful situations with no investigation. Deborah Yetter, The Enquirer, 13 July 2022 Among his claims: Nearly 100 cases of child abuse and neglect were misplaced and languished for months, leaving some children stuck in abusive or neglectful situations with no investigation. Deborah Yetter, The Enquirer, 13 July 2022 Among his claims: Nearly 100 cases of child abuse and neglect were misplaced and languished for months, leaving some children stuck in abusive or neglectful situations with no investigation. Deborah Yetter, The Enquirer, 13 July 2022 Among his claims: Nearly 100 cases of child abuse and neglect were misplaced and languished for months, leaving some children stuck in abusive or neglectful situations with no investigation. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, 12 July 2022 The musical itself was adapted from Dahl’s original 1988 children’s novel, about the titular Matilda — a girl, born to a boorish, anti-intellectual and neglectful family, who shows intelligence from an early age. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 15 June 2022 Unlike the cows in George Orwell’s novel, who are mistreated by a neglectful farmer and then duped by a tyrannical pig and his brainwashed henchman, Animal Farm was built on a basis of respect for their animals. Noah Lederman, Bon Appétit, 9 June 2022 Because our dogs are seniors and some come from neglectful backgrounds, our veterinary costs can be staggering. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 12 May 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neglectful. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for neglectful

neglectful

adjective
ne·​glect·​ful | \ ni-ˈglekt-fəl How to pronounce neglectful (audio) \

Kids Definition of neglectful

: not looking after or giving attention to : negligent

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