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(1)   Willful lack of care and attention
(2)   Failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances
(3)   The trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern
(4)   Lack of attention and due care
(5)   The state of something that has been unused and neglected
"The house was in a terrible state of neglect"


(6)   Leave undone or leave out
"How could I miss that typo?"
"The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"
(7)   Fail to attend to
"He neglects his children"
(8)   Give little or no attention to
"Disregard the errors"
(9)   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"


From neglectus, past participle of neglegere "to make light of, disregard, not to pick up", a variant of neclegere, itself from nec "not" + legere "pick up, select". Recorded since 1529, as noun since 1588


  1. To disregard or pay little attention to something
  2. To fail to care for, or attend to something
  3. To fail to do or carry out something due to oversight or carelessness


  1. The act of neglecting
  2. The state of being neglected.
  3. Habitual lack of care.