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

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • Was there any human father who could be so callous, so neglectful, so cruel, as that?

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

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • And for that very reason they are often neglectful of the last but one.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • “If that is so it is rather a pity that she was recently so neglectful,” I said.

    The Seven Secrets William Le Queux
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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