forgetful

To be forgetful is to be absentminded. When you're forgetful, things tend to slip your mind. People can be forgetful if they really can’t remember things, or if they’re just not paying attention.

When you're forgetful, you forget all kinds of things! A forgetful person misses deadlines and forgets about their spouse's anniversary. Forgetful people are often spacy and careless; they're not mindful of what they should be doing. A forgetful gardener might forget to water the plants and go for a walk instead. If you’re late, you’re forgetful of the time. If you’re forgetful, don’t get a pet. Even goldfish need attention!

Definitions of forgetful
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adj (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range

Synonyms:
short, unretentive
mindless, unmindful
not mindful or attentive
Antonyms:
long, recollective, retentive, tenacious
good at remembering
aware, mindful
bearing in mind; attentive to
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adj not mindful or attentive

Synonyms:
mindless, unmindful
amnesiac, amnesic
suffering from a partial loss of memory
Antonyms:
aware, mindful
bearing in mind; attentive to
careful, heedful
cautiously attentive
evocative, redolent, remindful, reminiscent, resonant
serving to bring to mind
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adj failing to keep in mind

forgetful of her responsibilities”
Synonyms:
oblivious
inattentive
showing a lack of attention or care

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