Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Tending or likely to forget.
  • adjective Marked by neglectful or heedless failure to remember.
  • adjective Causing one to be unable to remember.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Disposed or apt to forget; easily losing the power of recalling past experience or knowledge to mind.
  • Heedless; careless; neglectful; inattentive.
  • Causing to forget; inducing oblivion; oblivious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Apt to forget; easily losing remembrance.
  • adjective Heedless; careless; neglectful; inattentive.
  • adjective Archaic or Poetic Causing to forget; inducing oblivion; oblivious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective unable to remember things well; liable to forget.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective not mindful or attentive
  • adjective failing to keep in mind
  • adjective (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From forget +‎ -ful.

Examples

  • The newest incentive fad is to pay the "forgetful" to take their medicine.

    Age of Incentives: Paying Big Bucks For Puny Results

  • I left out "quirky and offbeat" as well as "forgetful" and others I'd prefer not to mention.

    Introducing Studio Marcy's Whimsy

  • I think it wouldn't happen so often to us "forgetful" spouses if we were allowed to get new ID's every time our husbands get promoted.

    From Kid in the Candy Store to Disgraced Grown Up - SpouseBUZZ

  • Even in the fanciest of fancy Assisted Living Units -- like one I saw with slick silver salt shakers, state-of-the-art elevators and a door-alarm system disguised behind paneled walls, as well as a pristine health spa with fluffy white towels, reminiscent of five star hotels -- the "forgetful" are not allowed outside the bounds of their "ward", unless they ask permission.

    Karin Luisa: Assisted Living for the Demented: Locked-Up Syndrome

  • However, being as 'forgetful' as I was in that current condition, I can barely remember a word of advice he said to me!

    Queer Sighted

  • Old people vote so there will never be a mental competency test for doing open heart surgery because you'd scare everyone that being "forgetful" will deny you an operation.

    Candidates Lay Out Ideas On Health Care In Vegas

  • He's even kind of forgetful (not as bad as when he's Glitch, I'm sure) like at the end.

    chsturtle Diary Entry

  • Female interviewees were, once again, resolutely vague or "forgetful" when it came to the proper names of European officials or settlers, although they had little trouble recalling their nicknames in Shangaan.

    Where Women Make History: Gendered Tellings of Community and Change in Magude, Mozambique

  • There's no way of knowing if they're "tax resisters" who challenge the legality of the income tax or just "forgetful," like the local politician who blathers endlessly on the need to fund his pet projects while neglecting to pay his own taxes.

    IRS Bonus: Two Extra Days

  • IF skies remain clear, the air warm, and pollen and nectar abound in the flowers, the workers, through a kind of forgetful indulgence, or over-scrupulous prudence perhaps, will for a short time longer endure the importunate, disastrous presence of the males.

    The Life of the Bee

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