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
  1. adjective
    (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range
    synonyms: short, unretentive
    mindless, unmindful
    not mindful or attentive
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    Antonyms:
    long, recollective, retentive, tenacious
    good at remembering
    aware, mindful
    bearing in mind; attentive to
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  2. adjective
    not mindful or attentive
    synonyms: mindless, unmindful
    amnesiac, amnesic
    suffering from a partial loss of memory
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    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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  3. adjective
    failing to keep in mind
    forgetful of her responsibilities”
    synonyms: oblivious
    inattentive
    showing a lack of attention or care
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