- characterized by neglect; disregardful; careless; negligent (often followed by of): neglectful of one's health.
Origin of neglectful
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remiss, inattentive, heedless, thoughtless.
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Examples from the Web for neglectful
Off stage, he was an unfaithful husband, a neglectful father, and a friend only so long as you did what he wanted.Wheeere’s Johnny?
October 13, 2013
In the book, Matilda overcame her neglectful parents by teaching herself how to read Dickens and perform complicated math.‘Matilda’ Star Mara Wilson Reviews ‘Matilda the Musical’
April 16, 2013
Too many of his writings have as their theme the great wrong done to him personally by a neglectful country.Gore Vidal, 1925-2012
August 1, 2012
Really, Dan, it is extraordinary how neglectful of me that child can sometimes be.The Inn at the Red Oak
Was there any human father who could be so callous, so neglectful, so cruel, as that?The Woman Thou Gavest Me
I felt impatient and decided to give her a scolding for being so neglectful.A Waif of the Mountains
Edward S. Ellis
Mr. Soames, a man of experience, scented an intrigue and a neglectful husband.The Yellow Claw
Not only the siege orphans, but so many who have sick or neglectful mothers.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
- (when postpositive, foll by of) not giving due care and attention (to); careless; heedless
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Word Origin and History for neglectful
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