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

Definition of neglectful

: given to neglecting : careless, heedless

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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

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Hundreds of immigrant children who have been separated from their parents or family members are being held in dirty, neglectful, and dangerous conditions at Border Patrol facilities in Texas. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children," 22 June 2019 This market segment is skeptical of versions of American history that have been neglectful or bleached of blemishes pertaining to this nation’s treatment of minorities throughout our history. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Econometer: Did Nike make the right move recalling Betsy Ross shoes?," 12 July 2019 The group is also focusing on saving goldens from neglectful situations across the Midwest. Kelli Bender,, "Minnesota Rescue Saves Golden Retrievers with 'Sadness in Their Eyes' Stuck in Dog Meat Trade," 12 June 2019 Zain’s neglectful, abusive parents (played by Kawthar Al Haddad and Fadi Kamel Youssef) are not portrayed as unfeeling monsters. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘Capernaum’: A street kid in Beirut tries to do the right thing in powerful Oscar-nominated film," 5 Feb. 2019 So the bad news is that the medical research community is, like a lot of society, patriarchal and neglectful of women’s needs. Sophie Saint Thomas, Marie Claire, "7 Myths About the G-Spot You Should Stop Believing Right Now," 26 Sep. 2018 During the 1960s and ’70s, years of disproportionate household duties and neglectful husbands and crying kids were vanquished with the help of a hot new drug: Valium. Hayley Krischer, Marie Claire, "How Heroin Came for Middle-Class Moms," 20 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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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