Definition of Neglect

1. Noun. Lack of attention and due care.

Exact synonyms: Disregard
Generic synonyms: Inattention
Specialized synonyms: Omission
Derivative terms: Disregard, Disregard

2. Verb. Leave undone or leave out. "The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"
Exact synonyms: Drop, Leave Out, Miss, Omit, Overleap, Overlook, Pretermit
Specialized synonyms: Forget, Jump, Pass Over, Skip, Skip Over
Antonyms: Attend To
Derivative terms: Neglecter, Omissible, Omission, Omission, Omissive, Pretermission

3. Noun. The state of something that has been unused and neglected. "The house was in a terrible state of neglect"
Exact synonyms: Disuse
Generic synonyms: Declination, Decline
Specialized synonyms: Omission

4. Verb. Fail to do something; leave something undone. "The secretary failed to call the customer and the company lost the account"
Exact synonyms: Fail
Specialized synonyms: Lose Track, Strike Out, Default, Default On, Choke, Muff, Miss
Derivative terms: Failure

5. Noun. Willful lack of care and attention.
Exact synonyms: Disregard
Generic synonyms: Mistreatment
Specialized synonyms: Despite
Derivative terms: Disregard, Disregard

6. Verb. Fail to attend to. "Sam cannot neglect Sue "; "He neglects his children"
Specialized synonyms: Slack
Derivative terms: Neglecter, Negligent

7. Noun. The trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern.

8. Verb. Give little or no attention to. "Disregard the errors"
Exact synonyms: Disregard, Ignore
Specialized synonyms: Pretermit
Derivative terms: Disregard, Disregard, Neglecter, Negligent

9. Noun. Failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances.

Definition of Neglect

1. v. t. Not to attend to with due care or attention; to forbear one's duty in regard to; to suffer to pass unimproved, unheeded, undone, etc.; to omit; to disregard; to slight; as, to neglect duty or business; to neglect to pay debts.

2. n. Omission of proper attention; avoidance or disregard of duty, from heedlessness, indifference, or willfulness; failure to do, use, or heed anything; culpable disregard; as, neglect of business, of health, of economy.

Definition of Neglect

1. Verb. (transitive) To disregard or pay little attention to something. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To fail to care for, or attend to something. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To fail to do or carry out something due to oversight or carelessness. ¹

4. Noun. The act of neglecting. ¹

5. Noun. The state of being neglected. ¹

6. Noun. Habitual lack of care. ¹

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Definition of Neglect

1. to fail to pay attention to [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Neglect

neglect (current term)
neglect of duty
neglectful of(p)

Literary usage of Neglect

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1. The Law-dictionary, Explaining the Rise, Progress, and Present State of the Thomas Edlyne Tomlins, Thomas Colpitts Granger by Thomas Edlyne Tomlins, Thomas Colpitts Granger (1835)
"Ordinary neglect is the omission of that care, which every man of common prudence, and capable of governing a family, takes of bis own concerns. ..."

2. Censura Literaria: Containing Titles, Abstracts, and Opinions of Old English by Egerton Brydges (1815)
"Sonnet on the neglect of Virtue. SLEEPLESS as I lie tossing on my bed Thro' half the midnight hours, while thro' my brain This vile world's base affairs ..."

3. Homerica, Emendations and Elucidations of the Odyssey by Thomas Leyden Agar (1908)
"... be considered of some moment, inasmuch as its applicability extends considerably beyond this particular instance. Owing to the neglect of the digamma in ..."

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