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

First recorded in 1615–25; neglect + -ful
Related formsne·glect·ful·ly, adverbne·glect·ful·ness, nouno·ver·ne·glect·ful, adjectiveo·ver·ne·glect·ful·ly, adverbo·ver·ne·glect·ful·ness, nounpre·ne·glect·ful, adjectiveself-ne·glect·ful, adjectiveun·ne·glect·ful, adjectiveun·ne·glect·ful·ly, adverb
Can be confusedneglectful negligible


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

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for neglectful


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