benign neglect

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

Origin of benign neglect

First recorded in 1970–75

Words Nearby benign neglect Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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