neglectful

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

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Other Words from neglectful

neglectfully \ ni-​ˈglek(t)-​fə-​lē How to pronounce neglectfully (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 affidavit states that the department had previously investigated allegations of neglectful supervision by the children’s parents over concerns of their behavior and arguing on March 18, 2019. Jacob Beltran, ExpressNews.com, "Wilson County woman accused of neglecting 3 grandchildren found malnourished, bruised," 14 May 2020 If anything, its politics resemble old-fashioned bleeding-heart liberalism: every down-and-out murderer is the product of neglectful parents, a fraying social safety net, poor health care, and income inequality. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Oscars 2020 Spotlight: Best Picture," 7 Feb. 2020 Some were notorious for being neglectful or even abusive parents. Jessica Grose, New York Times, "When Did We Start Taking Famous People Seriously?," 20 Apr. 2020 The takeaway is clear: Families can be neglectful, and there is no Santa to make things right. Tim Carman, Houston Chronicle, "The 10 greatest food scenes from holiday movies and what they really mean," 24 Dec. 2019 The takeaway is clear: Families can be neglectful, and there is no Santa to make things right. Tim Carman, Houston Chronicle, "The 10 greatest food scenes from holiday movies and what they really mean," 24 Dec. 2019 The takeaway is clear: Families can be neglectful, and there is no Santa to make things right. Tim Carman, Houston Chronicle, "The 10 greatest food scenes from holiday movies and what they really mean," 24 Dec. 2019 The takeaway is clear: Families can be neglectful, and there is no Santa to make things right. Tim Carman, Houston Chronicle, "The 10 greatest food scenes from holiday movies and what they really mean," 24 Dec. 2019 The takeaway is clear: Families can be neglectful, and there is no Santa to make things right. Tim Carman, Houston Chronicle, "The 10 greatest food scenes from holiday movies and what they really mean," 24 Dec. 2019

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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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25 May 2020

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“Neglectful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neglectful. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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neglectful

adjective
How to pronounce neglectful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of neglectful

: not giving enough care or attention to someone or something

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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