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negligent

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adjective neg·li·gent \-jənt\

Simple Definition of negligent

  • : failing to take proper or normal care of something or someone

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of negligent

  1. 1 a :  marked by or given to neglect especially habitually or culpably b :  failing to exercise the care expected of a reasonably prudent person in like circumstances

  2. 2 :  marked by a carelessly easy manner

negligently

adverb

Examples of negligent in a sentence

  1. The fire was started by a negligent smoker.

  2. He was negligent in not reporting the accident to the police.



Did You Know?

To be negligent is to be neglectful. Negligence is an important legal concept; it's usually defined as the failure to use the care that a normally careful person would in a given situation. Negligence is a common claim in lawsuits regarding medical malpractice, auto accidents, and workplace injuries. But you can also be negligent about answering your e-mail, or negligent in the way you dress. (The original garment called a negligee was worn by women who had neglected to get fully dressed.) The legal meanings of negligent and negligence, however, tend to be the ones we most often encounter nowadays.

Origin and Etymology of negligent

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin neglegent-, neglegens, present participle of neglegere


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of negligent

negligent, neglectful, lax, slack, remiss mean culpably careless or indicative of such carelessness. negligent implies inattention to one's duty or business <negligent about writing a note of thanks>. neglectful adds a more disapproving implication of laziness or deliberate inattention <a society callously neglectful of the poor>. lax implies a blameworthy lack of strictness, severity, or precision <a reporter lax about accurate quotation>. slack implies want of due or necessary diligence or care <slack workmanship>. remiss implies blameworthy carelessness shown in slackness, forgetfulness, or neglect <had been remiss in their familial duties>.

NEGLIGENT Defined for Kids

negligent

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adjective neg·li·gent \ˈne-glə-jənt\

Definition of negligent for Students

  1. :  failing to take proper or normal care of something or someone

negligently

adverb



Law Dictionary

negligent

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adjective neg·li·gent \ˈne-gli-jənt\

Legal Definition of negligent

  1. :  marked by, given to, or produced by negligence <a negligent act> <the defendant was negligent>

negligently

adverb




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