neglect (n.) Look up neglect at Dictionary.com
1580s, from neglect (v.) or from Latin neglectus "a neglecting," noun use of past participle of neglegere.
neglect (v.) Look up neglect at Dictionary.com
1520s, from Latin neglectus, past participle of neglegere "to make light of, disregard, be indifferent to, not heed, not trouble oneself about," literally "not to pick up," variant of neclegere, from Old Latin nec "not" (from PIE root *ne- "not") + legere "pick up, select," from PIE root *leg- (1) "to collect, gather." Related: Neglected; neglecting.