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forgetful (adj.)

late 14c., from forget + -ful. A curious formation. Used in the sense "causing forgetting" from 1550s, but almost exclusively in poetry (Milton, Tennyson, etc.). An older word in this sense was Middle English forgetel, from Old English forgitel "forgetful," from a formation similar to that in Dutch vergetel. Related: Forgetfully; forgetfulness.

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Definitions of forgetful from WordNet

forgetful (adj.)
(of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range;
Synonyms: unretentive / short
forgetful (adj.)
not mindful or attentive; "while thus unmindful of his steps he stumbled"- G.B.Shaw;
Synonyms: unmindful / mindless
forgetful (adj.)
failing to keep in mind;
forgetful of her responsibilities
Synonyms: oblivious
From wordnet.princeton.edu