- Neglect is defined as to ignore or fail to care for someone or something or fail to do something.
- An example of neglect is someone not stopping at a red light.
- An example of neglect is someone leaving their baby at home alone.
- to ignore or disregard: to neglect the advice of others
- to fail to care for or attend to sufficiently or properly; slight: to neglect one's family
- to fail to carry out (an expected or required action) through carelessness or by intention; leave undone
Origin of neglect; from Classical Latin neglectus, past participle of negligere, neglegere, not to heed, be regardless of ; from neg- (see negation) + legere, to gather (see logic)
- the action of neglecting
- lack of sufficient or proper care; negligence; disregard
- the state of being neglected
transitive verbne·glect·ed, ne·glect·ing, ne·glects
- To pay little or no attention to; fail to heed; disregard: neglected their warnings.
- To fail to care for or attend to properly: neglects her appearance.
- To fail to do or carry out, as through carelessness or oversight: neglected to return the call.
- The act or an instance of neglecting something: Your neglect of my advice will only make matters worse.
- The state or fact of being neglected: The garden fell into neglect.
- Habitual lack of care: The dog has been subjected to terrible neglect.
Origin of neglectLatin neglegere, neglēct- : neg-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + legere, to choose, pick up; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present neglects, present participle neglecting, simple past and past participle neglected)
(countable and uncountable, plural neglects)
neglect - Legal Definition