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 for benign neglect
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Neglect \Neg*lect"\, 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. --Milton.
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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.            --Denham.
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     4. The state of being disregarded, slighted, or neglected.
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              Rescue my poor remains from vile neglect. --Prior.
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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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