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    Default difference between 'ignore','neglect' and 'omit'

    I know this probably is too basic a question but after doing my research using google and searching within this forum there doesn't seem to be a clear answer, so here is the problem:

    In a formal, technical writing context, what are the most appropriate word to express the content inside the brackets in the following sentence:

    "X is (not taken into account because whether it is taken into account or not does not cause significant overall changes) at this stage because by comparison with Y it is several magnitudes smaller."

    In my mind, 'ignore' sounds somewhat derogative because I often see it being used in contexts such as 'I reported this act of plagiarism to our supervisor but he simply ignored it'. but neglect and omit also seem to suggest that the person who 'neglects' and 'omits' makes a mistake. perhaps it's not intentional or dead serious, but that's a mistake no matter what. In my case, I obviously am not 'ignoring','omitting' or 'neglecting' something by mistake and this is why I'm confused about which of the three is correct or if there is any alternative to the three already listed.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: difference between 'ignore','neglect' and 'omit'

    First, killer avatar you have.

    This is how I use the three words:

    neglect: omit through indifference or carelessness
    omit: leave out something after rational considerations, unaffected by your emotions (most neutral of the three)
    ignore: deliberately avoid something you do not want, which might get you in trouble (speed limit)

    "X is (not taken into account because whether it is taken into account or not does not cause significant overall changes) at this stage because by comparison with Y it is several magnitudes smaller."
    It is not indefference when you do not do something because that is not necessary. Even to a lesser degree is it carelessness.

    ignore? No. Read my def.

    Omit? Yes.

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    Default Re: difference between 'ignore','neglect' and 'omit'

    Thanks, but I hope I wouldn't sound too greedy if I ask you whether there are other alternatives to 'omit' in English with the same meaning...because I don't feel like repeating the same word several times in an essay.

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    Default Re: difference between 'ignore','neglect' and 'omit'

    I hope I wouldn't sound too greedy if I ask you...


    exclude, leave out, miss, overleap, or see below the link:

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/defi...ver*2+0&dict=P


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    Default Re: difference between 'ignore','neglect' and 'omit'

    Hi Spetsnaz26,

    Here are a few synonyms of omit:

    omit = disregard, drop, edit out, eliminate, exclude, fail, forget, leave out, leave undone, miss out, neglect, overlook, pas over, skip.

    Regards,

    V.

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