(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. lax, slack, neglectful, dilatory. See neglect.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. negligent, neglectful, derelict, lax, slack, inattentive, careless, indifferent, unmindful, forgetful, uninterested, delinquent, dilatory, asleep at the switch*; see also careless 1 , unconcerned .
Syn.- remiss implies the culpable omission or the careless or indifferent performance of a task or duty [remiss in one's obligations ] ; negligent and neglectful both imply failure to attend to something sufficiently or properly, but negligent often stresses inattentiveness or carelessness as a habit or trait [negligent in dress ] , and neglectful carries an implication of intentional and culpable disregard [ a mayor neglectful of pledges made to the voters ] ; derelict implies flagrant neglect of a duty or obligation; lax implies looseness in satisfying or enforcing requirements, observing standards or rules, etc. [lax discipline ] ; slack , in this connection, implies lack of necessary diligence, efficiency, etc. as because of laziness or indifference [slack service in a restaurant ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[ri MISS]
lax or negligent in performing one's responsibilities.
He has long been remiss in his duties.
SYN.: negligent, careless, lax, slack, neglectful, sloppy, lazy, inattentive, delinquent, irresponsible, derelict.
ANT.: responsible, careful, dutiful
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Guilty of neglect; lacking due care or concern: derelict, lax, neglectful, negligent, slack. See CAREFUL.

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