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

Definition of neglectful

: given to neglecting : careless, heedless

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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 The latest debate over mask wearing -- a practice that ex-President Donald Trump did much to unnecessarily politicize during his neglectful handling of the pandemic -- was triggered by the President himself. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Confusion over masks sparks new political showdown," 3 May 2021 Her mother is casually neglectful; her father absent. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: An elite skier is sexually abused by her coach in the French drama ‘Slalom’," 8 Apr. 2021 Many are at home all day with parents who might be abusive, neglectful, or simply overwhelmed. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, "As German lockdown leaves kids adrift, citizens step up support," 16 Mar. 2021 When the mysterious illnesses start cropping up, rumors and fear run rampant while the political class remains contemptuous and neglectful. Justin Taylor, Harper's Magazine, "Every True Pleasure Is a Secret," 16 Mar. 2021 Abigail was one of 77 other dogs rescued by Atlanta Humane Society from a cruel and neglectful situation in Murray County, Georgia, in May 2018. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Alton Brown Revisits His Atlanta Rescue Dog’s Incredible Transformation," 5 Mar. 2021 Cruz has now joined a long line of neglectful politicians whose public slip-ups in failing to care for their animals reveal some deep cruelty. Elly Belle,, "Justice For Snowflake: Did Ted Cruz Really Leave His Dog Behind In His Icy Cold Home?," 19 Feb. 2021 Getting knocked up by a stranger on Christmas morning, Dawn eventually becomes a neglectful mom to sullen daughter Taffy (Mink Stole) and embarks on a life of crime that sends her to a truly gruesome end. NBC News, "12 merry and gay movies to spice up your holiday," 30 Nov. 2020 His lawyer Matías Morla urged an investigation on Thursday, alleging the health workers caring for the soccer star were neglectful. Washington Post, "Authorities search home and office of Maradona’s doctor," 29 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of neglectful was in 1624

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8 May 2021

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“Neglectful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of neglectful

: not giving enough care or attention to someone or something


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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