neglectful

[ ni-glekt-fuhl ]
/ nɪˈglɛkt fəl /

adjective

characterized by neglect; disregardful; careless; negligent (often followed by of): neglectful of one's health.

Nearby words

  1. negatron,
  2. negentropy,
  3. negev,
  4. neglect,
  5. neglected,
  6. neglectfully,
  7. neglection,
  8. negligee,
  9. negligence,
  10. negligent

Origin of neglectful

First recorded in 1615–25; neglect + -ful

Related forms
Can be confusedneglectful negligible

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British Dictionary definitions for neglectful

neglectful

/ (nɪˈɡlɛktfʊl) /

adjective

(when postpositive, foll by of) not giving due care and attention (to); careless; heedless
Derived Formsneglectfully, adverbneglectfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for neglectful

neglectful

adj.

1640s, from neglect + -ful. Related: Neglectfully; neglectfulness. Earlier in same sense was neglective (1610s).

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