AskDefine | Define neglect

Dictionary Definition



1 lack of attention and due care [syn: disregard]
2 the state of something that has been unused and neglected; "the house was in a terrible state of neglect" [syn: disuse]
3 willful lack of care and attention [syn: disregard]
4 the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern [syn: negligence, neglectfulness]
5 failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances [syn: negligence, carelessness, nonperformance]


1 leave undone or leave out; "How could I miss that typo?"; "The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten" [syn: pretermit, omit, drop, miss, leave out, overlook, overleap] [ant: attend to]
2 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" [syn: fail]
3 fail to attend to; "he neglects his children"
4 give little or no attention to; "Disregard the errors" [syn: ignore, disregard]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To disregard or pay little attention to something
  2. To fail to care for, or attend to something
  3. To fail to do or carry out something due to oversight or carelessness


trans-bottom fail to care for
  • Czech: zanedbat
trans-mid failure due to carelessness


act of neglecting
habitual lack of care

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Neglect means to leave uncared for or to leave undone.
Neglect may also refer to:
  • Neglect (English law), a term of art in English law used to qualify an inquest into the factors that contributed to a death
  • Child neglect, is a form of child abuse, when a child's legal guardian fails to adequately provide for the child's physical or emotional needs
  • Hemispatial neglect which is a neurological condition.

See also

  • Negligence, a legal concept in civil law indicating an individual's behavior fell short of what a reasonable person would do to prevent death or injury to another
  • Criminal negligence a legal concept in criminal law that holds people at fault for their failures to act
neglect in Japanese: ネグレクト
neglect in Russian: Игнорирование

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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