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Definitions for forgetful
fərˈgɛt fəlfor·get·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unretentive, forgetful, short(adj)

    (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range

    "a short memory"

  2. unmindful, forgetful, mindless(adj)

    not mindful or attentive

    "while thus unmindful of his steps he stumbled"- G.B.Shaw

  3. forgetful, oblivious(adj)

    failing to keep in mind

    "forgetful of her responsibilities"; "oblivious old age"


  1. forgetful(Adjective)

    unable to remember things well; liable to forget.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forgetful(adj)

    apt to forget; easily losing remembrance; as, a forgetful man should use helps to strengthen his memory

  2. Forgetful(adj)

    heedless; careless; neglectful; inattentive

  3. Forgetful(adj)

    causing to forget; inducing oblivion; oblivious

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forgetful in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forgetful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of forgetful in a Sentence

  1. Jessica Scott:

    It was surprising when we looked at similarities between astronauts during spaceflight and cancer patients during treatment. Both have a decrease in muscle mass, and they have bone demineralization and changes in heart function, astronauts may get something called space fog, where they have trouble focusing or get a little forgetful. That's very similar to what some cancer patients experience, which is called chemo brain.

  2. Friederich Nietzsche, quoted in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (movie):

    Blessed are the forgetful for they get the better even of their blunders.

  3. J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 2005:

    Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.

  4. J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:

    Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth...

  5. T. S. Eliot:

    April is the cruellest month, breedingLilacs out of the dead land, mixingMemory out of desire, stirringDull roots with spring rain.Winter kept us warm, coveringEarth in a forgetful snow, feedingA little life with dried tubers.

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