overlooked/neglected/ignored his children's needs


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The father was so busy that he sometimes overlooked his children's needs.

Is "overlooked" in the above close to "neglected" or "ignored" in meaning? Thanks.
  • cycloneviv

    Senior Member
    English - Australia
    I think "overlooked" implied he didn't notice them. This wasn't necessarily on purpose; he was just too busy to notice. Using "neglected" or "ignored" would implied that he knew his children had certain needs and he chose to ignore them.

    I hope that helps. :)


    Senior Member
    English - Australia
    Perhaps wait for other opinions on this. Personally, I would say that if he neglected the needs of his children he did not do that unknowingly. He knew they had needs, he noticed their needs, but he chose to neglect them.

    una madre

    Senior Member
    Western Canada English
    I think that overlooked in this instance means that he was simply so busy with his work that he didn't have much time to spend with his children and deal with their needs and issues. Probably not intentional neglect. Neglect is a fairly strong word to use with regard to children. (Quickly brings into play social service agencies, in Canada).
    Ignored definitely implies intent.
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