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

  Neglect \Neg*lect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Neglected; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Neglecting.] [L. neglectus, p. p. of neglegere
     (negligere) to disregard, neglect, the literal sense prob.
     being, not to pick up; nec not, nor (fr. ne not + -que, a
     particle akin to Goth. -h, -uh, and prob. to E. who; cf.
     Goth. nih nor) + L. legere to pick up, gather. See No,
     adv., Legend, Who.]
     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.
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              I hope
              My absence doth neglect no great designs. --Shak.
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              This, my long suffering and my day of grace,
              Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste.
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     2. To omit to notice; to forbear to treat with attention or
        respect; to slight; as, to neglect strangers.
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     Syn: To slight; overlook; disregard; disesteem; contemn. See
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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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: lack of attention and due care [syn: disregard,
      2: the state of something that has been unused and neglected;
         "the house was in a terrible state of neglect" [syn:
         neglect, disuse]
      3: willful lack of care and attention [syn: disregard,
      4: the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern
         [syn: negligence, neglect, neglectfulness]
      5: failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person
         would exercise under the same circumstances [syn:
         negligence, carelessness, neglect, nonperformance]
      v 1: leave undone or leave out; "How could I miss that typo?";
           "The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"
           [syn: neglect, pretermit, omit, drop, miss,
           leave out, overlook, overleap] [ant: attend to,
           take to heart]
      2: fail to do something; leave something undone; "She failed to
         notice that her child was no longer in his crib"; "The
         secretary failed to call the customer and the company lost
         the account" [syn: fail, neglect]
      3: fail to attend to; "he neglects his children"
      4: give little or no attention to; "Disregard the errors" [syn:
         neglect, ignore, disregard]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  126 Moby Thesaurus words for "neglect":
     Sisyphean labor, abandon, bad policy, be caught napping,
     be neglectful, be negligent, blink at, brush off, carelessness,
     cold-shoulder, contemn, cut, cut dead, default, delinquency,
     dereliction, disconformity, discount, disdain, dismiss, disregard,
     disrespect, elide, endless task, fail, failing, failure, forget,
     give the go-by, gloss over, heedlessness, ignore, impolicy,
     inaction, inactivity, inadvertence, inattention, indifference,
     inexecution, inexpedience, inexpediency, inobservance, lapse,
     laxity, laxness, leave undone, let go, let pass, let ride,
     let slide, let slip, look right through, loose ends, lose sight of,
     lose track of, make little of, maladministration, malfeasance,
     malpractice, misadministration, misconduct, misdirection,
     misfeasance, misgovernment, misguidance, mishandling,
     mismanagement, misrule, miss, neglectfulness, negligence, nod,
     nonaccomplishment, nonachievement, nonadherence, noncompliance,
     nonconformance, nonconformity, nonconsummation, nondischarging,
     nonexecution, nonfeasance, nonfulfillment, nonobservance,
     nonperformance, not care for, not get involved, not heed,
     not think, omission, omit, overleap, overlook, overpass, oversight,
     pass, pass by, pass over, pass up, passiveness, passivity,
     pooh-pooh, pretermit, rebuff, refuse to acknowledge,
     refuse to recognize, reject, remissness, rough edges, scant, scorn,
     shirk, shrug off, slackness, sleep, slight, slighting, slur over,
     spurn, take for granted, think little of, unconcern, unfulfillment,
     unobservance, work of Penelope, wrongdoing

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