for·​get·​ful | \ fər-ˈget-fəl How to pronounce forgetful (audio) , fȯr- \

Definition of forgetful

1 : likely to forget
2 : characterized by negligent failure to remember : neglectful
3 : inducing oblivion forgetful sleep

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forgetfully \ fər-​ˈget-​fə-​lē How to pronounce forgetful (audio) , fȯr-​ \ adverb
forgetfulness noun

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Examples of forgetful in a Sentence

He became forgetful in his old age. we become more forgetful as we get older
Recent Examples on the Web When Nemo strays away from his reef and gets lost in the big open ocean, his frantic father teams up with the ever-forgetful Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) to find him. Meg Walters,, 28 July 2022 Indians turn the most forgetful during lunchtime, between 1pm and 3pm, according to Uber’s findings. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 7 June 2022 There’s even a handy autopay feature for more forgetful renters. Globe Staff,, 16 June 2022 The most forgetful days are Saturday and Sunday, and the most forgetful time is early evening, Uber said. Emmy Abbassi, CNN, 11 June 2022 This time the focus shifted to finding Dory — the forgetful Blue Tang voiced by Ellen DeGeneres. Frank Pallotta, CNN, 16 June 2022 Mumbai tops the list of most forgetful Indian cities, followed by Delhi, Lucknow, and Kolkata. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 7 June 2022 Tests that compared them to people of the same age and health status who'd never had the virus showed that COVID survivors were more forgetful and had a slower processing speed. Sonya Collins, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2022 This is particularly important if one person is a bit forgetful. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of forgetful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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for·​get·​ful | \ fər-ˈget-fəl How to pronounce forgetful (audio) \

Kids Definition of forgetful

: forgetting easily

Other Words from forgetful

forgetfulness noun

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