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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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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


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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