What does neglect mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disregard, neglectnoun

    lack of attention and due care

  2. neglect, disusenoun

    the state of something that has been unused and neglected

    "the house was in a terrible state of neglect"

  3. disregard, neglectnoun

    willful lack of care and attention

  4. negligence, neglect, neglectfulnessnoun

    the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern

  5. negligence, carelessness, neglect, nonperformanceverb

    failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances

  6. neglect, pretermit, omit, drop, miss, leave out, overlook, overleapverb

    leave undone or leave out

    "How could I miss that typo?"; "The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"

  7. fail, neglectverb

    fail to do something; leave something undone

    "She failed to notice that her child was no longer in his crib"; "The secretary failed to call the customer and the company lost the account"

  8. neglectverb

    fail to attend to

    "he neglects his children"

  9. neglect, ignore, disregardverb

    give little or no attention to

    "Disregard the errors"


  1. neglectnoun

    The act of neglecting.

  2. neglectnoun

    The state of being neglected.

  3. neglectnoun

    Habitual lack of care.

  4. neglectverb

    To disregard or pay little attention to something.

  5. neglectverb

    To fail to care for, or attend to something.

  6. neglectverb

    To fail to do or carry out something due to oversight or carelessness.

  7. Etymology: From neglectus, perfect passive participle of neglego, a variant of neclego, itself from nec + lego. Recorded since 1529, as noun since 1588.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Neglectnoun

    Etymology: neglectus, Latin.

    I have perceived a most faint neglect of late, which I have rather blamed as my own jealous curiosity, than as a very pretence or purpose of unkindness. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Age breeds neglect in all, and actions
    Remote in time, like objects
    Remote in place, are not beheld at half their greatness. John Denham.

    Rescue my poor remains from vile neglect,
    With virgin honours let my herse be deck’t,
    And decent emblem. Matthew Prior.

  2. To NEGLECTverb

    Etymology: neglectus, Latin.

    If he neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church. Mat. xviii. 17.

    I have been long a sleeper; but I trust
    My absence doth neglect no great design,
    Which by my presence might have been concluded. Sha.


  1. Neglect

    In the context of caregiving, neglect is a form of abuse where the perpetrator, who is responsible for caring for someone who is unable to care for themselves, fails to do so. It can be a result of carelessness, indifference, or unwillingness and abuse.Neglect may include the failure to provide sufficient supervision, nourishment, or medical care, or the failure to fulfill other needs for which the victim cannot provide themselves. The term is also applied when necessary care is withheld by those responsible for providing it from animals, plants, and even inanimate objects. Neglect can carry on in a child's life falling into many long-term side effects, including physical injuries, developmental trauma disorder, low self-esteem, attention disorders, violent behavior, and death.


  1. neglect

    Neglect is the act of disregarding or ignoring someone or something, often through carelessness or indifference. It can also refer to the lack or absence of proper care or attention towards someone or something, especially when one has responsibility for it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Neglectadverb

    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

  2. Neglectadverb

    to omit to notice; to forbear to treat with attention or respect; to slight; as, to neglect strangers

  3. Neglect

    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

  4. Neglect

    omission if attention or civilities; slight; as, neglect of strangers

  5. Neglect

    habitual carelessness; negligence

  6. Neglect

    the state of being disregarded, slighted, or neglected

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Neglect

    neg-lekt′, v.t. to treat carelessly, pass by without notice: to omit by carelessness.—n. disregard: slight: omission.—adj. Neglect′able, that may be neglected.—ns. Neglect′edness; Neglect′er.—adj. Neglect′ful, careless: accustomed to omit or neglect things: slighting.—adv. Neglect′fully.—n. Neglect′fulness.—adj. Neglect′ible.—adv. Neglect′ingly, carelessly: heedlessly. [L. negligĕre, neglectumnec, not, legĕre, to gather.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. neglect

    A charge not exceeding £3, from the wages of a seaman, in the Complete Book, for any part of the ship's stores lost overboard, or damaged, from his gross carelessness.

Editors Contribution

  1. neglect

    Neglect (verb)meaning to give little attention or fail to do.

    Neglect is to disregard the important invitation of a high in rank officer.

    Submitted by pinkss5 on October 21, 2015  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'neglect' in Verbs Frequency: #911

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of neglect in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of neglect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of neglect in a Sentence

  1. Samuel Johnson:

    When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.

  2. George Bernard Shaw:

    Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices.

  3. Kate Williams:

    For children experiencing emotional neglect, music therapy can provide them with a chance to be heard and responded to in a safe, fun, and non-threatening context.

  4. David Stevenson:

    The big challenge of abuse and neglect in nursing homes is, I think, it has been persistent over a number of years, i don't think it's incredibly prevalent, but really having any abuse and neglect in nursing homes is not acceptable.

  5. Publilius Syrus:

    It is no profit to have learned well, if you neglect to do well.

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  • اهمال, إهمالArabic
  • negligència, negligirCatalan, Valencian
  • zanedbání, zanedbatCzech
  • Vernachlässigung, missachten, NachlässigkeitGerman
  • αμελώ, παραμελώGreek
  • descuidar, negligencia, perecearSpanish
  • välinpitämättömyysFinnish
  • négligence, négligerFrench
  • faillíIrish
  • הזנחהHebrew
  • elhanyagolásHungarian
  • mancare, ignorare, negligere, negligenza, tralasciare, omettereItalian
  • 怠慢Japanese
  • 태만, 소홀, 등한Korean
  • oblīvīscor, neglegōLatin
  • whakahapa, iwikoretanga, whakangongoMāori
  • zorgeloosheid, negeren, verwaarlozing, onzorgvuldigheid, verzaken, nalatigheid, verwaarlozen, nalatenDutch
  • zaniedbywać, zaniedbaćPolish
  • negligenciar, negligênciaPortuguese
  • neglija, a nu ține cont deRomanian
  • запускать, забрасывать, пренебрежение, упускать, пренебрегать, небрежностьRussian
  • zanedbaťSlovak
  • försumma, försummelseSwedish

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