neglect - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  1. the failure to give someone or something the care or attention that they need

    the need to protect children from abuse and neglect

    neglect of duty (=failure to do something that you are officially responsible for):

    The constable was reported for neglect of duty.

    years/decades/centuries of neglect:

    After three years of neglect the roads are full of potholes.