Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Neglectful \Neg*lect"ful\, a.
Full of neglect; heedless; careless; negligent; inattentive;
A cold and neglectful countenance.
Though the Romans had no great genius for trade, yet
they were not entirely neglectful of it.
--Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] -- Neg*lect"ful*ly, adv. -- Neg*lect"ful*ness, n.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1640s, from neglect + -ful. Related: Neglectfully; neglectfulness. Earlier in same sense was neglective (1610s).
a. Tending to neglect; failing to take care of matters which require attention.
adj. leaving vulnerable; "neglectful of her own financial security" [syn: neglectful of(p)]
not showing due care or attention; "inattentive students"; "an inattentive babysitter"; "neglectful parents" [syn: inattentive]
Usage examples of "neglectful".
Yet Your Exaltedness cannot be everywhere, and it is my duty to tell you that your servants have been shamefully neglectful on the frontiers of my county.
She had greased and dirtied her shining hair to resemble the stringy grey elflocks of neglectful old age, and used herbal dyes to make her face hideous.
It was plain enough that Mr. Jarndyce had not been neglectful of the adjuration.
The Amsterdamers, so remarkably hospitable in every other way, are strangely neglectful when it comes to providing benches for their weary visitors -- or their weary citizens, if it comes to that -- along the banks of their canals.
Lady Jersey suspected that when his flirts (to put it no higher) were to be seen squired by other men it was because he had grown, bored with them, and neglectful.
One more tidal wave of neglect, one more titanic rainfall of nothings from nowhere and the Apocalypse, arriving, will with one neglectful gust blow out our candles.
So therefore this court must not seem neglectful of its duties, and within five days the warrant against Wister will be issued with the serious charge, Rape of a Minor.
Cadfael fretted through the early afternoon over his own responsibility, neglectful of his customary watch on Oswin’.
Cadfael fretted through the early afternoon over his own responsibility, neglectful of his customary watch on Oswins activities, and somewhat chastened to discover that, for once unregarded, his assistant had spilled nothing, burned nothing, weeded out no precious plants by mistake, and broken nothing.
Utterly neglectful of his friends and relations in normal times and capable of the utmost kindness, generos.
Utterly neglectful of his friends and relations in normal times and capable of the utmost kindness, generosity and resourcefulness in crises - never bored, except by people.
Are the Pontiffs and Flamens to be more neglectful of their public functions than a private individual is of the religious obligations of his house?