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[ni-glekt-fuh l] /nɪˈglɛkt fəl/
characterized by neglect; disregardful; careless; negligent (often followed by of):
neglectful of one's health.
Origin of neglectful
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.
remiss, inattentive, heedless, thoughtless.
careful, thoughtful. Unabridged
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  • As Mr. Luff was not neglectful of his duty, it was not long before the Coquette approached her boats.

  • Really, Dan, it is extraordinary how neglectful of me that child can sometimes be.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • A freshmans world looks black to-day because of a bad recitation or a neglectful friend.

    Talks to Freshman Girls Helen Dawes Brown
  • I felt impatient and decided to give her a scolding for being so neglectful.

    A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
  • It must use the greatest care, and if neglectful in any respect it is responsible for the consequences.

  • Not only the siege orphans, but so many who have sick or neglectful mothers.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • He was slothful and neglectful for not approaching the king in person (although the man was abroad and busy).

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln Charles L. Marson
British Dictionary definitions for neglectful


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

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

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