Neglect

Definition of Neglect

Neg`lect´
v. t.1.Not to attend to with due care or attention; to forbear one's duty in regard to; to allow to pass unimproved, unheeded, undone, etc.; to omit; to disregard; to slight; as, to neglect duty or business; to neglect to pay debts.
[imp. & p. p. Neglected; p. pr. & vb. n. Neglecting.]
I hope
My absence doth neglect no great designs.
- Shak.
This, my long suffering and my day of grace,
Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste.
- Milton.
2.To omit to notice; to forbear to treat with attention or respect; to slight; as, to neglect strangers.
n.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.
To tell thee sadly, shepherd, without blame,
Or our neglect, we lost her as we came.
- Milton.
2.Omission of attention or civilities; slight; as, neglect of strangers.
3.Habitual carelessness; negligence.
Age breeds neglect in all.
- Denham.
4.The state of being disregarded, slighted, or neglected.
Rescue my poor remains from vile neglect.
- Prior.
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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