Origin: Related forms
1520–30; < Latin neglēctus, variant of neclēctus (past participle of neglegere, neclegere to disregard, ignore, slight), equivalent to nec not + leg-, base of legere to pick up + -tus past participle suffix
ne·glect·er, ne·glec·tor, noun
o·ver·ne·glect, verb (used with object)
pre·ne·glect, verb (used with object)
ignore. See slight
. 6, 7.
default, inattention, heedlessness. Neglect, dereliction, negligence, remissness
imply carelessness, failure, or some important omission in the performance of one's duty, a task, etc. Neglect
are occasionally interchangeable, but neglect
commonly refers to an instance, negligence
to the habit or trait, of failing to attend to or perform what is expected or required: gross neglect of duty; negligence in handling traffic problems. Dereliction
implies culpable or reprehensible neglect or failure in the performance of duty: dereliction in a position of responsibility. Remissness
implies the omission or the careless or indifferent performance of a duty: remissness in filing a report on the accident.
6. attention, care.