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neglect

noun (n)

  • lack of attention and due care (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: disregard
    source: wordnet30
  • the state of something that has been unused and neglected (noun.state)
    Synonym: disuse
    Example:
    The house was in a terrible state of neglect.
    source: wordnet30
  • willful lack of care and attention (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern (noun.attribute)
    source: wordnet30
  • failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • Omission of proper attention; avoidance or disregard of duty, from heedlessness, indifference, or willfulness; failure to do, use, or heed anything; culpable disregard; as, neglect of business, of health, of economy. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • leave undone or leave out (verb.cognition)
    source: wordnet30
  • fail to do something; leave something undone (verb.social)
    Synonym: fail
    source: wordnet30
  • fail to attend to (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    He neglects his children.
    source: wordnet30
  • give little or no attention to (verb.cognition)
    Synonym: disregard, ignore
    source: wordnet30
  • Not to attend to with due care or attention; to forbear one's duty in regard to; to suffer to pass unimproved, unheeded, undone, etc.; to omit; to disregard; to slight; as, to neglect duty or business; to neglect to pay debts. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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