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4 definitions found
 for forgetfulness
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forgetfulness \For*get"ful*ness\, n.
     1. The quality of being forgetful; prononess to let slip from
        the mind.
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     2. Loss of remembrance or recollection; a ceasing to
        remember; oblivion.
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              A sweet forgetfulness of human care.  --Pope.
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     3. Failure to bear in mind; careless omission; inattention;
        as, forgetfulness of duty.
  
     Syn: Forgetfulnes, Oblivion.
  
     Usage: Forgetfulness is Anglo-Saxon, and oblivion is Latin.
            The former commonly has reference to persons, and
            marks a state of mind; the latter commonly has
            reference to things, and indicates a condition into
            which they are sunk. We blame a man for his
            forgetfulness; we speak of some old custom as buried
            in oblivion. But this discrimination is not strictly
            adhered to.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  forgetfulness
      n 1: tendency to forget
      2: unawareness caused by neglectful or heedless failure to
         remember; "his forgetfulness increased as he grew older"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  36 Moby Thesaurus words for "forgetfulness":
     abandon, careless abandon, carelessness, casualness, cursoriness,
     disregardfulness, easiness, hastiness, heedlessness,
     inconsiderateness, inconsideration, indifference, insouciance,
     lack of foresight, laziness, lethe, oblivion, obliviousness,
     offhandedness, perfunctoriness, recklessness, regardlessness,
     sprezzatura, tactlessness, thoughtlessness, unaccommodatingness,
     unheedfulness, unhelpfulness, unmindfulness, unobligingness,
     unpreparedness, unreadiness, unsolicitousness, unsolicitude,
     unthinkingness, unthoughtfulness
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  FORGETFULNESS, n.  A gift of God bestowed upon doctors in compensation
  for their destitution of conscience.
  

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