noun neg·li·gence \ˈne-gli-jən(t)s\

: failure to take the care that a responsible person usually takes : lack of normal care or attention

Full Definition of NEGLIGENCE

a :  the quality or state of being negligent
b :  failure to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in like circumstances
:  an act or instance of being negligent

Examples of NEGLIGENCE

  1. The company was charged with negligence in the manufacturing of the defective tires.
  2. <exhibiting his usual negligence, he failed to set the emergency brake, and the car rolled down the steep hill and crashed into the telephone pole>

First Known Use of NEGLIGENCE

14th century

Other Legal Terms

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noun neg·li·gence \ˈne-glə-jəns\

Definition of NEGLIGENCE for Kids

:  failure to take proper or normal care of something or someone
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