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neglectful

[ni-glekt-fuh l] /nɪˈglɛkt fəl/
adjective
1.
characterized by neglect; disregardful; careless; negligent (often followed by of):
neglectful of one's health.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; neglect + -ful
Related forms
neglectfully, adverb
neglectfulness, noun
overneglectful, adjective
overneglectfully, adverb
overneglectfulness, noun
preneglectful, adjective
self-neglectful, adjective
unneglectful, adjective
unneglectfully, adverb
Can be confused
neglectful, negligible.
Synonyms
remiss, inattentive, heedless, thoughtless.
Antonyms
careful, thoughtful.
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Examples from the web for neglectful
  • It's not a neglectful life, but not an overprotective one either.
  • Although publicity-shy, his private views on subjects ranging from discipline to obesity and neglectful parents are trenchant.
  • Such knowledge is crucial for understanding normal as well as abusive and neglectful mothering.
  • In the neglectful care of such tricksters, a snake's prospects for health are not good.
  • Yet psychopaths are more likely to come from neglectful families than from loving, nurturing ones.
  • It deals also with loving but neglectful parents and a bitterly grim governess.
  • When she speaks to her neglectful sons in their father's absence, it is with a fury that scorches.
  • The abusive or neglectful parents or caretakers suffer as well.
  • Except regarding bizarre and deviant behavior, there is a wide range of opinion of what is emotionally abusive or neglectful.
  • neglectful families, however, often have problems communicating and interacting in positive or appropriate ways.
British Dictionary definitions for neglectful

neglectful

/nɪˈɡlɛktfʊl/
adjective
1.
when postpositive, foll by of. not giving due care and attention (to); careless; heedless
Derived Forms
neglectfully, adverb
neglectfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for neglectful
adj.

1640s, from neglect + -ful. Related: Neglectfully; neglectfulness. Earlier in same sense was neglective (1610s).

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