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neglect n: a disregard of duty resulting from carelessness, indifference, or willfulness
: a failure to provide a child under one's care with proper food, clothing, shelter, supervision, medical care, or emotional stability compare abuse, negligence
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.