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neglect

2 noun
     
neglect2 [uncountable]
1 failure to look after something or someone, or the condition of not being looked after
neglect of
Tenants are complaining about the landlord's neglect of the property.
years/decades/centuries etc of neglect
After years of neglect, the roads were full of potholes.
The whole district had an air of abandonment and neglect.
2 failure to pay proper attention to something
neglect of
Five officers were court-martialled for cowardice or neglect of duty.

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