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 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 There's a theme here of absent, neglectful fathers—and in the case of Miller, outright abusive fathers. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Walton Goggins steals show as assassin trying to take out Santa in Fatman," 27 Nov. 2020 Later, Johnson shows Meredith as cruelly neglectful of Arthur, who predeceased him at the age of thirty-seven and whose funeral Meredith didn’t attend. Hermione Lee, The New York Review of Books, "An Undisappearing Act," 17 Nov. 2020 With the backing of child advocacy groups, lawmakers unanimously passed reforms that included adding more investigators to crack down on abusive and neglectful parents and creating a critical response team to speed up interventions. USA Today, "Database: Track foster parents and caregivers accused of abuse and neglect," 16 Oct. 2020 That may be so, but the persistence of these nuisances only reinforces the longheld sense, within the community, that the city is neglectful of its needs. Mark Lamster, Dallas Morning News, "More from Reckoning With Joppa," 23 Sep. 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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9 Mar 2021

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“Neglectful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 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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