neglect neglect  /nəɡ ˈlɛkt/


  1. (n) lack of attention and due care
  2. (n) the state of something that has been unused and neglected
  3. (n) willful lack of care and attention
  4. (n) the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern
  5. (n) failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances
  6. (v) leave undone or leave out
  7. (v) fail to do something; leave something undone
  8. (v) fail to attend to
  9. (v) give little or no attention to


  1. A new study shows soaring rates of child abuse and neglect in military families after a parent's deployment.
  2. A series of reports on child abuse suggest that as many as nine in 10 cases of child maltreatment and neglect go unreported.
  3. Such sweet neglect more taketh me Than all the adulteries of art.


  1. NBA Finals: Spurs show neglect may be the key to stopping LeBron James

    The key to stopping LeBron James? It's not what you think. As the Spurs showed in Game 3, the blueprint may be to neglect the best offensive force in the game, writes Ben Golliver.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Sports Illustrated

  2. Parents in rental truck neglect case get suspended sentences

    The parents charged with neglect after stopping off in Henry County with five of their seven children, 15 cats and the family's possessions in the back of a rental box truck were sentenced Tuesday to suspended year-and-a-half sentences under terms of a plea agreement.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Palladium-Item

  3. Couple facing neglect over beliefs

    A Jupiter couple has been arrested on charges of child neglect with great bodily harm after deputies said they deprived their child of proper nutrients and tried to treat him with holistic and religious remedies.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: WPTV West Palm Beach


  1. This is due "in significant part (to) the malign neglect of the regime," said British Foreign Secretary David Miliband. "I'd be amazed if there hadn't been about 100,000 who died already."
    on May 14, 2008 By: David Miliband Source:

  2. "It is vitally important that the success Afghanistan has achieved not be allowed to slip away through neglect or lack of political will or resolve," Gates said.
    on Feb 11, 2007 By: Robert Gates Source: Forbes

  3. "I think sometimes British politicians and British leaders have been so preoccupied by those ties, that they have neglected to build the wider relationships in the world," Hague said. "From now on we will not neglect the wider world."
    on Jul 1, 2010 By: William Hague Source: The Associated Press

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