, n. [L. neglectus. See Neglect, v.] 1. Omission of proper attention; avoidance or disregard of duty, from heedlessness, indifference, or willfulness; failure to do, use, or heed anything; culpable disregard; as, neglect of business, of health, of economy.
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To tell thee sadly, shepherd, without blame,
Or our neglect, we lost her as we came.
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2. Omission of attention or civilities; slight; as, neglect of strangers.
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3. Habitual carelessness; negligence.
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Age breeds neglect in all.
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4. The state of being disregarded, slighted, or neglected.
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Rescue my poor remains from vile neglect.
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Syn. -- Negligence; inattention; disregard; disesteem; remissness; indifference. See Negligence.
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benign neglect A deliberate policy of minimizing public discussion of a controversial issue [e.g. by the president] on the theory that excessive discussion in itself is harmful or counterproductive.


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