forgetful


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
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bear with me, good boy, I am much forgetfulShak.

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she is growing forgetful

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Sometimes it implies a not keeping in mind something which should be remembered; it then connotes negligence or heedlessness rather than a poor memory
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he should not be forgetful of his social obligations

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be not forgetful to entertain strangers— Heb 13:2

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Oblivious stresses forgetfulness, but it rarely suggests a poor memory. Rather, it suggests a failure to remember, either because one has been robbed of remembrance by conditions beyond one's control
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the accident made him for a few hours oblivious of all that weighed upon his mind

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or because one has deliberately put something out of one's mind
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a government oblivious of the rights of the governed

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or because one has considered something too slight or trivial to note and remember it
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a people so long unused to aggression as to be oblivious of its dangers

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In some instances oblivious is employed without a clear connotation of forgetfulness, and in a sense close to unconscious, unaware, and insensible
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walking along whistling, oblivious of the passing crowds

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those who hope to render themselves, through absorption in the mere habit and technique of writing poetry, oblivious to the harsh interruptions of reality—Day Lewis

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oblivious of the laws and conditions of trespass— Meredith

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Oblivious also is sometimes used attributively and without a succeeding of or to in the sense of causing oblivion
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she lay in deep, oblivious slumber— Longfellow

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Unmindful is a close synonym of forgetful in the sense of not keeping in mind, but it may imply a deliberate consignment to oblivion as well as inattention, heedlessness, or negligence
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a mother, solicitous of the health of every member of her family but unmindful of her own

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every person was willing to save himself, unmindful of others— Goldsmith

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for at her silver voice came death and life, unmindful each of their accustomed strife— Shelley

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totally unmindful of their mutual dependence— Amer. Guide Series: Minn.

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Analogous words: remiss, *negligent, neglectful, lax, slack: heedless, thoughtless, *careless
Contrasted words: conscious, *aware, cognizant, sensible, alive, awake: *thoughtful, considerate, attentive

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  • 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

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  • forgetful — (adj.) late 14c., from FORGET (Cf. forget) + FUL (Cf. ful). Related: Forgetfully; forgetfulness …   Etymology 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 …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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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