neglectful

If you're neglectful, you're not as careful or attentive as you should be. A neglectful babysitter might lose track of where her charges are.

A neglectful cat owner might forget to feed his pet, and a neglectful host might wander away from his party guests to check his email or read a magazine. In either case, the neglectful person is being thoughtless or inconsiderate. The verb neglect, "fail to properly care for," is at the root of neglectful, from the Latin neglegere, "to make light of, disregard, or not trouble oneself about," or literally "not to pick up."

Definitions of neglectful
1

adj not showing due care or attention

neglectful parents”
Synonyms:
inattentive
negligent
characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern

adj failing in what duty requires

neglectful of his duties”
Synonyms:
delinquent, derelict, remiss
negligent
characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.