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.
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