forgetful (adj.) late 14c., from FORGET (Cf. forget) + -FUL (Cf. -ful). Related: Forgetfully; forgetfulness.

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  • forgetful — forgetful, oblivious, unmindful are comparable when they mean losing or letting go from one s mind something once known or learned. Forgetful usually implies a propensity not to remember or a defective memory {bear with me, good boy, I am much… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Forgetful — For*get ful, a. 1. Apt to forget; easily losing remembrance; as, a forgetful man should use helps to strengthen his memory. [1913 Webster] 2. Heedless; careless; neglectful; inattentive. [1913 Webster] Be not forgetful to entertain strangers. Heb …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forgetful — [fər get′fəl] adj. [ME] 1. apt to forget; having a poor memory 2. heedless or negligent 3. Old Poet. causing to forget [forgetful sleep] forgetfully adv. forgetfulness n …   English World dictionary

  • forgetful — index careless, lax, oblivious, remiss Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • forgetful — [adj] tending to not remember absent, absent minded, abstracted, airheaded*, amnemonic, amnesic, asleep on the job*, bemused, careless, distracted, dreamy, heedless, inattentive, lax, like an absent minded professor*, looking out window*, mooning …   New thesaurus

  • forgetful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ apt or likely not to remember. DERIVATIVES forgetfully adverb forgetfulness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • forgetful — adj. forgetful of (he has become forgetful of things) * * * [fə getf(ə)l] forgetful of (he has become forgetful of things) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • forgetful — forgetfully, adv. forgetfulness, n. /feuhr get feuhl/, adj. 1. apt to forget; that forgets: a forgetful person. 2. heedless or neglectful (often fol. by of): to be forgetful of others. 3. bringing on oblivion: forgetful slumber. [1350 1400; ME;… …   Universalium

  • forgetful — /fəˈgɛtfəl / (say fuh getfuhl) adjective 1. apt to forget; that forgets: a forgetful person. 2. Poetic causing to forget. –phrase 3. forgetful of, heedless or neglectful of: to be forgetful of others. –forgetfully, adverb –forgetfulness, noun …  

  • forgetful — [[t]fə(r)ge̱tfʊl[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is forgetful often forgets things. My mother has become very forgetful and confused recently. Syn: absent minded Derived words: forgetfulness N UNCOUNT Her forgetfulness is due to advancing age …   English dictionary

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