benign neglect


noun

an attitude or policy of noninterference or neglect of a situation, which may have a more beneficial effect than assuming responsibility; well-intentioned neglect.

Nearby words

  1. benign inoculation lymphoreticulosis,
  2. benign juvenile melanoma,
  3. benign migratory glossitis,
  4. benign mucosal pemphigoid,
  5. benign myalgic encephalomyelitis,
  6. benign prostatic hyperplasia,
  7. benign tumor,
  8. benignancy,
  9. benignant,
  10. benignantly

Origin of benign neglect

First recorded in 1970–75

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