AskDefine | Define neglectful

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neglectful adj
1 leaving vulnerable; "neglectful of her own financial security" [syn: neglectful of(p)]
2 not showing due care or attention; "inattentive students"; "an inattentive babysitter"; "neglectful parents" [syn: inattentive]
3 failing in what duty requires; "derelict (or delinquent) in his duty"; "neglectful of his duties"; "remiss of you not to pay your bills" [syn: derelict, delinquent, remiss]

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Etymology

Adjective

  1. Tending to neglect; failing to take care of matters which require attention.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 243a-b,
      That they were too neglectful of ordinary people like us and overlooked us.

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