neglect

Neglect is worse than ignoring something. It's ignoring it, failing to care for it, and probably harming it in the process.

The word neglect comes from the Latin verb neglegere, which means "disregarded." You can neglect to do your chores, meaning fail to do them, but this word is usually reserved for cases when you willingly refuse to care for something appropriately. Child neglect is what parents get charged with when they fail to provide for their child's basic needs. If you go on vacation and neglect your plants, they may wither and die due to your lack of attention.

Definitions of neglect
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v leave undone or leave out

Synonyms:
drop, leave out, miss, omit, overleap, overlook, pretermit
Antonyms:
attend to, take to heart
get down to; pay attention to; take seriously
Types:
forget
forget to do something
jump, pass over, skip, skip over
bypass

v fail to do something; leave something undone

Synonyms:
fail
Types:
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lose track
fail to keep informed or aware
strike out
put out or be put out by a strikeout
default, default on
fail to pay up
choke
fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation
muff
fail to catch, as of a ball
miss
fail to attend an event or activity
fan
strike out (a batter), (of a pitcher)
whiff
strike out by swinging and missing the pitch charged as the third
cut, skip
intentionally fail to attend

v fail to attend to

“he neglects his children”
Types:
slack
be inattentive to, or neglect

v give little or no attention to

Synonyms:
disregard, ignore
Types:
pretermit
disregard intentionally or let pass

n the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern

Synonyms:
neglectfulness, negligence
Types:
delinquency, dereliction, willful neglect
a tendency to be negligent and uncaring
laxity, laxness, remissness, slackness
the quality of being lax and neglectful
Type of:
carelessness, sloppiness
the quality of not being careful or taking pains

n failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances

Synonyms:
carelessness, negligence, nonperformance
Types:
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dereliction
willful negligence
comparative negligence
(law) negligence allocated between the plaintiff and the defendant with a corresponding reduction in damages paid to the plaintiff
concurrent negligence
(law) negligence of two of more persons acting independently; the plaintiff may sue both together or separately
contributory negligence
(law) behavior by the plaintiff that contributes to the harm resulting from the defendant's negligence
criminal negligence, culpable negligence
(law) recklessly acting without reasonable caution and putting another person at risk of injury or death (or failing to do something with the same consequences)
neglect of duty
(law) breach of a duty
dodging, escape, evasion
nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do
nonfeasance
a failure to act when under an obligation to do so; a refusal (without sufficient excuse) to do that which it is your legal duty to do
escape mechanism
a form of behavior that evades unpleasant realities
malingering, skulking
evading duty or work by pretending to be incapacitated
goldbricking, goofing off, shirking, slacking, soldiering
the evasion of work or duty
circumvention
the act of evading by going around
Type of:
nonaccomplishment, nonachievement
an act that does not achieve its intended goal

n the state of something that has been unused and neglected

“the house was in a terrible state of neglect
Synonyms:
disuse
Types:
omission
something that has been omitted
Type of:
declination, decline
a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state

n lack of attention and due care

Synonyms:
disregard
Types:
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omission
neglecting to do something; leaving out or passing over something
inadvertence, oversight
an unintentional omission resulting from failure to notice something
pretermission
letting pass without notice
elision, exception, exclusion
a deliberate act of omission
Type of:
inattention
lack of attention

n willful lack of care and attention

Synonyms:
disregard
Types:
despite
contemptuous disregard
Type of:
mistreatment
the practice of treating (someone or something) badly

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