Definition of neglected in US English:



  • 1Suffering a lack of proper care.

    ‘some severely neglected children’
    • ‘Kelly thinks she is alone and abandoned in the present, when she actually is reliving her past as a neglected child.’
    • ‘Who votes on behalf of abused and neglected children?’
    • ‘In October 2000, the Post-Gazette asked judges in two counties to permit the press and public into two high-profile juvenile court cases involving abused and neglected children.’
    • ‘I banged on about malnourished and neglected old persons, but not everyone believed me.’
    • ‘In addition, the owner may be ordered to reimburse the county or private organization for the costs of caring for the neglected horse.’
    • ‘Adoption offers a real alternative so that childhood, for many abused and neglected children, will become more than a test of endurance.’
    • ‘Our much-appreciated donations would be better spent caring for unwanted pets, abused and neglected animals, and sick or injured wildlife.’
    • ‘I daresay there is not enough space at your lodgings, and I have already become Mr. Wade's home for neglected animals.’
    • ‘It was a moving segment, following the unfortunate lives of several such neglected pets.’
    • ‘The research project aims to assess whether experiences of child maltreatment affect the operation of memory in abused and neglected children.’
    • ‘Previous retrospective assessments in younger samples of childhood victimization and neglect have found that neglected boys and girls were at higher risk for arrests for violent crimes.’
    • ‘The court was told that a neglected red canary and a hamster were also found in the shop.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, notes Gregory, states have guardianship of abused and neglected foster children and have a responsibility to protect them.’
    • ‘That would mean each vulnerable member of society, from frail pensioner to neglected child, being given the time and care they needed.’
    uncared for, mistreated, abandoned, forsaken
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    1. 1.1 Not receiving proper attention; disregarded.
      ‘a neglected area of research’
      • ‘Its wonderful treatment of capital theory - in particular the often neglected distinction between rent and interest - was just icing on the cake.’
      • ‘This excellent record of his thoughtful and troubled career as architect, restorer, scholar, and writer throws much light on a neglected and turbulent period of Victorian architecture.’
      • ‘The past forty years have demonstrated how people instinctively turn to the past to help understand the present and how events draw our attention to previously neglected historical subjects.’
      • ‘Since I have to catch up with a number of neglected chores and duties from these last couple of weeks, blogging will be light for a few days.’
      • ‘Conversely, if an unknown or neglected composer has written just one work that is excellent in its craftsmanship we should be equally honest and say so.’
      • ‘I recommend that all family physicians read this article for better awareness of this important, but sometimes neglected topic.’
      • ‘Portuguese is a largely neglected cuisine, and I think unfairly.’
      • ‘Simultaneously he recommended the rebuilding of neglected land resources, notably farm woodlands, pasture, and hay lands.’
      • ‘I think it is a neglected area, and I think that just follows the trend of psychology in general and a lot of areas.’
      • ‘Despite this, the present study is deemed relevant because it provided insight into a neglected area of service provision, and confirmed and added to earlier studies.’
      • ‘Life in the neglected U.S. Army of the interwar years is often portrayed as routine, dull, and unchallenging.’
      • ‘He provides thereby an often neglected human dimension to science.’
      • ‘Assured that the Virginia frontier was safe from French attack, Washington left the army in 1758 and returned to Mount Vernon, directing his attention toward restoring his neglected estate.’
      • ‘But the book is not just a lurid story; he has spent the requisite time in the archives, among neglected diaries and correspondence.’
      • ‘In his account, the government emerged with a more explicit role as a generator of economic growth, and urbanisation was shown to be a hitherto neglected feature.’
      • ‘This horseshoe-shaped, Victorian theatre is a neglected treasure.’
      • ‘I wish we would have this kind of pledges in all the forgotten and neglected emergencies in Africa and elsewhere, where also hundreds of thousands of lives are at stake.’
      • ‘The solution was to revive the neglected craft of soap making.’
      • ‘Making face-to-face contact with customers, distributors, and the press is one of the most powerful yet most neglected marketing tools in the region.’
      • ‘If the parties want to increase the significance of these neglected assembly elections as well as their own political responsibilities, they could do so by intensifying their campaigning.’
      disregarded, forgotten, overlooked, ignored, unrecognized, unnoticed, unsung, underestimated, undervalued, unappreciated, passed over, spurned
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