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

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  • neglectful — index blameful, careless, derelict (negligent), disobedient, heedless, improvident, imprudent, inadver …   Law dictionary

  • neglectful — *negligent, lax, slack, remiss Analogous words: *careless, heedless, thoughtless Antonyms: attentive Contrasted words: *thoughtful, considerate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • neglectful — [adj] careless, failing behindhand, delinquent, derelict, disregardful, heedless, inattentive, indifferent, lax, lazy, negligent, regardless, remiss, slack, thoughtless, uncaring, unmindful; concepts 401,542 Ant. attentive, careful, caring,… …   New thesaurus

  • neglectful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ failing to give proper care or attention …   English terms dictionary

  • neglectful — [ni glekt′fəl] adj. characterized by neglect; heedless; negligent: often with of SYN. REMISS neglectfully adv. neglectfulness n …   English World dictionary

  • neglectful — [[t]nɪgle̱ktfʊl[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as neglectful, you think they fail to do everything they should do to look after someone or something properly. Children who are neglected tend to become neglectful parents. Syn: uncaring …   English dictionary

  • neglectful — adj. neglectful of * * * [nɪ glektf(ə)l] neglectful of …   Combinatory dictionary

  • neglectful — ne|glect|ful [nıˈglektfəl] adj formal not looking after something properly, or not giving it enough attention neglectful of ▪ She became more and more neglectful of her responsibilities. >neglectfully adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • neglectful — adjective 1. 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 • Similar to: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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