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An omission to do or perform some work, duty, or act.

As used by U.S. courts, the term neglect denotes the failure of responsibility on the part of defendants or attorneys. Neglect is related to the concept of Negligence, but its rather limited use in the law sets it apart from that much broader doctrine. Generally speaking, neglect means omitting or failing to do something that is required. Neglect is often related to timeliness: examples include the failure of a taxpayer to file a timely income tax return and the failure of an attorney to meet a deadline for filing an appeal. In determining whether to rule against a party, courts consider the reason for the neglect, which can range from unavoidable accidents and hindrances to the less acceptable extreme of carelessness and indifference to duty.

Special terminology applies to some forms of neglect. Culpable neglect exists where a loss arises from an individual's carelessness, improvidence, or folly. Willful neglect applies to marital cases; it refers to the neglect of one spouse, historically the husband, to provide such essentials as food, shelter, and clothing to the other spouse, either because of refusal or indifference. Excusable neglect is used to grant exceptions in cases where neglect was the consequence of accident, unavoidable hindrance, reliance on legal counsel, or reliance on promises made by the adverse party. Excusable neglect can serve as the basis for a motion to vacate a judgment, as in the case of explaining why a deadline for filing an appeal could not be met. Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, excusable neglect authorizes a court to permit an act to be done after the official deadline has expired (Fed. R. Civ. P. 6 (b)).


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noun abandonment, absentmindedness, breach, bungling, careless abandon, carelessness, default, delinquency, dereliction, disregard, failure, heedlessness, idleness, improvidence, imprudence, inaction, inadvertence, inattention, inattentiveness, incuria, indifference, indiligence, inexecution, inexertion, laches, laxity, laxness, misprision, neglegentia, negligence, noncompletion, nonfeasance, nonfulfillment, nonobservance, nonperformance, omission, oversight, procrastination, rashness, recklessness, remissness, slackness, slight, sloth, slovenliness, thoughtlessness, unactivity, unconcern, unconscientiousness, unheedfulness, unobservance, unwariness, unwatchfulness
Associated concepts: culpable neglect, neglect of duty, neggect to act, neglect to prosecute, willful neglect
Foreign phrases: Magna culpa dolus est.Gross neglect is the equivalent of fraud.


verb be careless, be inattentive, be lax, disdain, disregard, fail, forget, gloss over, ignore, lay aside, leave alone, lose sight of, neglegere, not care for, not use, omit, overlook, pass by, pass over, pay no attention, pay no heed to, pay no regard to, pretermit, procrastinate, refuse to recognize, shirk, shun, skip, slight, take no note, take no notice
See also: blame, break, culpability, default, delinquency, dereliction, desuetude, disinterest, disobey, disregard, disrepair, disuse, eschew, exclude, ignore, inconsideration, indifference, laches, laxity, leave, maladministration, mismanage, misprision, nonpayment, nonperformance, nonuse, omission, omit, overlook, override, oversight, pretermit, procrastinate, rebuff, reject, rejection, repudiate, shirk, shun, spurn, violate
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Rehabilitation of very severe unilateral neglect by visuo-spatio-motor cueing: Two single-case studies.
Frequency, risk factors, anatomy, and course of unilateral neglect in acute stroke cohort.
Unilateral neglect is the inability to integrate objects and information presented on the hemiplegic side of the body.
Progress toward an effective treatment of unilateral neglect has been hindered by an inadequate understanding of the underlying mechanism.
A cortical network for directed attention and unilateral neglect.
Table 1 General symptoms resulting from stroke * Headaches * Mental confusion, disorientation and memory deficits * Aphasia * Agnosia * Apraxia * Seizures * Vertigo * Dysarthria * Incontinence * Hemiplegia or hemiparesis * Perceptual defects Table 2 Common vision impairments resulting from stroke * Strabismus * Gaze palsy * Nystagmus * Diplopia * Lagophthalmos * Dry eye * Visual acuity reduction * Visual field defects * Unilateral neglect * Visual midline shift * Visual agnosia * Cortical blindness * Photophobia * Contrast sensitivity impairment * Visual hallucinations * Light and dark adaptation impairment
Unilateral neglect (UN) is a disorder that causes people with brain damage to behave as though one half of their world--the half contralateral to the damage--has become unimportant or simply ceased to exist (Mesulam, 2000).
Number of Times Each Test for Unilateral Neglect Was Used in the 32 Studies Reviewed No.
Left unilateral neglect is a neurological condition occurring after damage to the posterior part of the right hemisphere.
Most of the rest of the book is organized in terms of syndromes such as unilateral neglect and apraxia.
The abnormalities we detected in sensory-motor function were in the subject's right hemispace, not in left hemispace where unilateral neglect associated with a right hemispheric lesion would be expected.

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