neglectful

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adjective ne·glect·ful \ ni-ˈglek(t)-fəl \

Definition of neglectful

neglectfully

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neglectfulness

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Examples of neglectful in a Sentence

  1. he's certainly not a neglectful father as he takes very good care of his children

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First Known Use of neglectful

1624

Synonym Discussion of neglectful

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

NEGLECTFUL Defined for English Language Learners

neglectful

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Definition of neglectful for English Language Learners

  • : not giving enough care or attention to someone or something


NEGLECTFUL Defined for Kids

neglectful

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adjective ne·glect·ful \ ni-ˈglekt-fəl \

Definition of neglectful for Students

:not looking after or giving attention to :negligent


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