Definition of neglectful in English:



  • Not giving proper care or attention to someone or something.

    ‘you are being neglectful of our guests’
    • ‘I've been rather neglectful of my day-to-day girlfriends, though.’
    • ‘It was also callous, slapdash and neglectful of the interests of less secure and well paid workers.’
    • ‘It is expected that the bishop examine the priest-offender closely to determine whether he has been flagrantly neglectful of his life of prayer and living an unseemly life in areas other than that of the molestation charge.’
    • ‘Human sexuality is generally an understudied area of scientific investigation, and researchers have been particularly neglectful of the study of sexuality in the aging population.’
    • ‘From the first settlements up until the Civil War, ordinary Americans were not heavily armed and were generally neglectful of the guns they did own.’
    • ‘The proposal has drawn fire from opposition parties and private foundations, who condemned it as neglectful of the welfare of the people.’
    • ‘Rathbone therefore found herself cast in the role of the profligate American, heedless of the future and neglectful of the past.’
    • ‘His idea of moral education, while not entirely neglectful of habit, feeling, and physical well-being, is almost a paradigm of a rationalistic approach, with an emphasis on maxims, rules, and above all cultivation of the mind.’
    • ‘With a General Election getting ever closer, it would be neglectful of me not to examine what Yorkshire's farming industry wants from the next Government.’
    • ‘We have grown neglectful of the benefits of sport and I think we are a Third World nation when it comes down to that area.’
    • ‘He said that over the last 130 years we had been somewhat neglectful of our environment, especially in the recycling of domestic waste and we could not continue with the situation of solely using landfill for this.’
    • ‘It is well documented that the Dutch colonists were particularly neglectful of the indigenous population of the Dutch East Indies for centuries.’
    • ‘Assume the past resembles the simple patterns and clear verities of myth and the stories we write and call history will be woefully incomplete, hopelessly simplistic, and shamefully neglectful of others who were there.’
    • ‘The all-pervasive corruption in the police force and the bureaucracy has made the commoners neglectful of the rule of law.’
    • ‘Unhappily, viewed from Moscow, this has issued in a relationship more neglectful of Russian national interests.’
    • ‘Then again, I've been pretty neglectful of a few things in the last weeks’
    • ‘Yet we can't complain about biomedicine being mechanistic and neglectful of the psychological and social realms, and then go and accuse it of colonising them when it finally expresses an interest.’
    • ‘But the high comes at a crippling price, altering a user's brain chemistry so that without the drug they can become paranoid, violent and neglectful of their families and their own health.’
    • ‘I've been rather neglectful of this blog over the last couple of weeks.’
    • ‘His survey of current attempts at restitution pays little attention to the role of religion therein, an omission that some other scholars would consider neglectful of important facts.’
    careless, failing to take proper care, remiss, lax, irresponsible, inattentive, heedless, thoughtless, unmindful, forgetful
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