- to pay no attention or too little attention to; disregard or slight: The public neglected his genius for many years.
- to be remiss in the care or treatment of: to neglect one's family; to neglect one's appearance.
- to omit, through indifference or carelessness: to neglect to reply to an invitation.
- to fail to carry out or perform (orders, duties, etc.): to neglect the household chores.
- to fail to take or use: to neglect no precaution.
- an act or instance of neglecting; disregard; negligence: The neglect of the property was shameful.
- the fact or state of being neglected: a beauty marred by neglect.
Origin of neglect
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Examples from the Web for neglect
Those who neglect or mistrust him may be punished--indeed may deserve to be.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Police in Hampshire must now decide whether to extradite the Kings back to England and file kidnapping and neglect charges.
Now their son has been taken from them and they face criminal charges of neglect and child endangerment.
Of course people need to protect children above all else, and neglect and abuse should not be tolerated.Postpartum Stigma: Why My Patient Committed Suicide
August 5, 2014
Presumably some are afraid to call 911 because they are afraid of being charged with neglect.Is It Wrong for Parents to Lock Up Their Disabled Kids?
August 4, 2014
At present it was dark and weather-beaten, and in a general state of neglect.Brave and Bold
But this neglect has at length recoiled upon the heads of its promoters.
One cause of the King's neglect was his great distress for money.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
With the consequences of my neglect I now reproached myself in vain.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
It is at once a neglect of duty, and a certain forfeiture of esteem.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
- to fail to give due care, attention, or time toto neglect a child
- to fail (to do something) through thoughtlessness or carelessnesshe neglected to tell her
- to ignore or disregardshe neglected his frantic signals
- lack of due care or attention; negligencethe child starved through neglect
- the act or an instance of neglecting or the state of being neglected
Word Origin and History for neglect
1520s, from Latin neglectus, past participle of neglegere "to make light of, disregard, be indifferent to, not heed, not trouble oneself about," literally "not to pick up," variant of neclegere, from Old Latin nec "not" (see deny) + legere "pick up, select" (see lecture (n.)). Related: Neglected; neglecting.
1580s, from neglect (v.) or from Latin neglectus "a neglecting," noun use of past participle of neglegere.