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negligent

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of negligent

  1. failing to give proper care and attention the youngster has been woefully negligent in taking care of the vacationing neighbor's dog, repeatedly forgetting to feed the poor animal Synonyms of negligent careless, derelict, disregardful, lax, lazy, neglectful, neglecting, remiss, slack Words Related to negligent heedless, incautious, irresponsible, reckless, wild; unguarded, unwary; forgetful; disregardful, disregarding, inattentive, oblivious, thoughtless, unheeding, unmindful, unthinking; apathetic, disinterested, indifferent, unconcerned, uninterested; delinquent; loose Near Antonyms of negligent meticulous, painstaking, punctilious; cautious, chary, circumspect, gingerly, guarded; alert, heedful, heeding, mindful, observant, regardful, regarding, vigilant, wary, watchful; foresighted, forethoughtful, provident, responsible; thinking, thoughtful; concerned, interested Antonyms of negligent attentive, careful, conscientious, nonnegligent

Synonym Discussion of negligent

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


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