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Definitions of neglect

  1. willful lack of care and attention
  2. lack of attention and due care
  3. give little or no attention to; " Disregard the errors"
  4. leave undone or leave out; " How could I miss that typo?"; " The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"
  5. fail to do something; leave something undone; " She failed to notice that her child was no longer in his crib"; " The secretary failed to call the customer and the company lost the account"
  6. the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern
  7. fail to attend to; " he neglects his children"
  8. 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.
  9. To omit to notice; to forbear to treat with attention or respect; to slight; as, to neglect strangers.
  10. 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.
  11. Omission if attention or civilities; slight; as, neglect of strangers.
  12. Habitual carelessness; negligence.
  13. The state of being disregarded, slighted, or neglected.
  14. Omission to do that which should be done; habitual lack of attention; disregard; carelessness.
  15. To omit to do, by carelessness or design; to slight; disregard.
  16. Disregard: slight: omission.
  17. Disregard; omission.
  18. To leave uncared for; disregard; carelessly omit.
  19. To fail to attend to; ignore; overlook; disregard.
  20. Want of attention; disregard; omission; oversight.
  21. Omission; forbearance to do anything that should be done; slight; habitual want of regard; state of disregard.
  22. To omit by carelessness or design; to disregard; to slight; not to notice.
  23. To omit by carelessness or design; to slight or disregard; not to heed; not to care for; not to attend to.
  24. Omission to do anything- that can be done, or that requires to be done; slight; habitual want of regard.
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Usage examples for neglect

  1. But, difficult as the task may be, it is not one which we can neglect. – In-Darkest-England-and-the-Way-Out by Booth, William
  2. The neglect of the Hammond Synges gave relief to this character, and she paid them handsomely to be, as every one said, shocking. – Embarrassments by Henry James
  3. Hearts grow cold toward each other through neglect. – Friendship by Hugh Black
  4. But troubles were preparing for him in Central India, from a quarter which it would not do for him to neglect. – Rulers of India: Akbar by George Bruce Malleson
  5. If you should ever return to the earth, do not neglect to signal for this danger. – Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World by James Cowan
  6. But, though he constantly assured the schoolmaster that he meant to be a windmiller, Jan did not neglect his special gift. – Jan of the Windmill by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  7. He did not think that he would dare to neglect Mary Bonner, and to stay in London while she lived at the villa. – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
  8. Had he but known it, Ivan's act in not coming was an unconscious but complete revenge for his years of neglect. – The Genius by Margaret Horton Potter
  9. At the same time it was desirable to rescue as much as possible from the flames; for it would have given his enemies a fatal hold upon him, if the famous old city of Memphis should perish by his neglect. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  10. Don't neglect windows in number or size. – A Living from the Land by William B. Duryee
  11. The writer, however, complained of neglect and said the bargain made in regard to the child had not been complied with; that she was worthless to them, and if the three hundred dollars did not come soon my mother must find another place for her. – Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale by Ida Glenwood
  12. He had in vain demanded reinforcements and supplies from Farnese, who most reluctantly was obliged to refuse them in order that he might obey his master's commands to neglect everything for the sake of the campaign in France. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  13. However, I put it into your hands to tell her what you think proper; and if she can but feel half for me that I should for her under the same circumstances, it will be punishment sufficient for what I have suffered from her neglect of me. – Life And Letters Of John Gay (1685-1732) by Lewis Melville
  14. Hetty's face grew a trifle hard for a moment as she made a tolerably accurate guess at the cause of his neglect on the afternoon in question. – Delilah of the Snows by Harold Bindloss
  15. He had hurt her feelings by neglect. – Famous Singers of To-day and Yesterday by Henry C. Lahee
  16. One of his principal faults at this time was a neglect of the Lord's day. – Christmas Stories by Edward Berens
  17. You will say, shall we neglect taking a house- a dear home? – The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume I (of 2) by Florence A. Thomas Marshall
  18. And Sidonie is very fond of us, too, although since she was married she does seem to neglect her old friends a little. – Fromont and Risler, Complete by Alphonse Daudet Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  19. He also began to neglect his night's rest. – Dame Care by Hermann Sudermann
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