Definition of benign neglect in US English:

benign neglect


  • Noninterference that is intended to benefit someone or something more than continual attention would.

    • ‘Ecosystems cannot be conserved by benign neglect.’
    • ‘Plant them with care and then you can pretty much leave them alone; they will thrive reliably under a regime of benign neglect, while you concentrate your energy elsewhere.’
    • ‘If we ever want racing to be an international sport, we need to put an end to this benign neglect of stewards.’
    • ‘The military left in the 1980s and the site has been taken over by the National Trust, whose policy of benign neglect is perhaps the most practical solution to managing such a large and windblown site.’
    • ‘The era of benign neglect is already a thing of the past.’
    • ‘I detect a resentful air out there, a feeling of wings clipped, of space grossly invaded, of a winter's benign neglect cast violently aside.’
    • ‘Unless an incumbent government takes an active interest in improving the supply of public services, benign neglect will inevitably lead to a gradual deterioration.’
    • ‘So benign neglect can be a very good policy if it works.’
    • ‘But, although there is another Tempest on tour, I begin to wonder if we haven't lately wrung all possible variations on Shakespeare's island fling, and if the play itself would not benefit from a period of benign neglect.’
    • ‘What amounts, then, to an economic strategy of benign neglect seems especially harmful to the nation's banks, which are in danger of falling into trouble again just when it seemed they were on the mend.’
    • ‘As their numbers grew from less than fifteen thousand in 1890 to over fifty thousand in 1915 and as they became much more noticeable in the city, blacks found hostility where they had once encountered benign neglect.’
    • ‘Some curriculum reform projects are carried out by a relatively small number of department ‘heroes’ who are treated with benign neglect by other faculty.’
    • ‘He left each researcher free to sink or swim and, although he occasionally gave advice or criticism, for the most part his policy was one of benign neglect.’
    • ‘But New Orleans isn't the only case study in what was once called ‘the politics of benign neglect.’’
    • ‘Through our political choices we've supported leadership by, at best, benign neglect.’
    • ‘That's exactly what critics are saying, and what they say is there's really a policy of benign neglect going on.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the physician fearing noncompliance might treat the problem with benign neglect and not monitor patients' renal function.’
    • ‘Faced with the failure of their policies, many major donors have stopped investing in livestock projects, and some now argue for a policy of benign neglect towards the dry areas on the grounds that little can be done there.’
    • ‘‘Until a couple of years ago, the university maintained a policy of benign neglect,’ he says.’
    • ‘Records suggest that from the 1700s to the 1880s, a fair amount of tolerance or benign neglect existed toward the many languages represented in the new society, especially those of northern Europe.’