Synonyms of neglect
1 disregardDictionary • The woman denied that she had neglected her child.
disregard • He disregarded the advice of his executives.
ignore • Such arguments ignore the important issues.
turn your back on
fail to look after
, look after
, take care of
, attend to
2 shirkDictionary • If you don't keep an eye on them, children tend to neglect their homework.
overlook • We overlook all sorts of warning signals about our health.
evade • He managed to evade the police for six months.
be remiss in or about
3 failDictionary • She neglected to inform me of her change of plans.
fail • We waited twenty-one years; don't fail us now.
forget • Don't forget that all dogs need a supply of water.
omit • She had omitted to tell him she was married.
spurn • a spurned lover
discount • His theory was discounted immediately.
slight • They felt slighted by not being adequately consulted.
overlook • satisfying relationships that enable them to overlook each other's faults
pass by • He seldom passed by an opportunity to have a go at me.
scorn • People scorn me as a single parent.
disdain • a political leader who disdained the compromises of politics
rebuff • He wanted to go out with with Julie but she rebuffed him.
1 negligenceDictionary • hundreds of orphans and old people, some of whom have since died of neglect
negligence • He was responsible for his patients' deaths through gross negligence.
inattention • Evidence had been destroyed as a result of a moment's inattention.
2 shirking • her deliberate neglect of her professional duty
failure • They didn't prove his case of a failure of duty.
oversight • By an unfortunate oversight, full instructions do not come with the product.
carelessness • The accident was caused by sheer carelessness.
dereliction • He pleaded guilty to wilful dereliction of duty.
forgetfulness • Her forgetfulness is due to advancing age.
laxity • The laxity of expert control authorities has made a significant contribution to the problem.
disregard • a callous disregard for human life
slight • a child weeping over an imagined slight
default • The other team failed to turn up so we won by default.
disrespect • young people who treated her with complete disrespect
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carelessnessIf you are careless, you do not pay enough attention to what you are doing, and so you make mistakes, or cause harm or damage. (noun)
• The accident was caused by sheer carelessness.
contemn (formal)to treat or regard with contempt; scorn
• The other team failed to turn up so we won by default.
Thesaurus for neglect from the Collins English Thesaurus
to fail to give due care, attention, or time to