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forgetful

[ fer-get-fuhl ]
/ fərˈgɛt fəl /
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adjective

apt to forget; that forgets: a forgetful person.
heedless or neglectful (often followed by of): to be forgetful of others.
bringing on oblivion: forgetful slumber.

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forgery, forget, forget it, forget oneself, forget-me-not, forgetful, forgetive, forgettable, forgettery, forging, forgivable

Origin of forgetful

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at forget, -ful
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forgetful

/ (fəˈɡɛtfʊl) /

adjective

tending to forget
(often postpositive foll by of) inattentive (to) or neglectful (of)
poetic causing loss of memory
Derived Formsforgetfully, adverbforgetfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forgetful

forgetful


adj.

late 14c., from forget + -ful. Related: Forgetfully; forgetfulness.

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