: the quality or state of being negligent
: failure to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in like circumstances
… his naivete and negligence had been the source of his problems.—Michael Leahy
: an act or instance of being negligent
regretted his past negligences
The company was charged with negligence in the manufacturing of the defective tires. 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
Recent Examples on the Web More than 225 people have died in San Diego County jails since 2006, and the Board of Supervisors has continued to approve multimillion-dollar payouts for deputies’ and other jail staff members’ negligence and misconduct. —Kelly Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2023 There are exclusions for criminal offenses, gross negligence and willful or wanton misconduct, but those cases are rare and much more difficult to prove. —Kristine Phillips, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Apr. 2023 But proving negligence is challenging because prosecutors often must show that a child’s actions were reasonably foreseeable. —Ben Finley And Denise Lavoie, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Apr. 2023 Zwerner filed a $40 million lawsuit last week accusing the school’s former assistant principal, former principal and former superintendent of gross negligence. —Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2023 Officers arrested the child on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with negligence and evading police and causing injuries. —Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Apr. 2023 Federal Lawsuit: The Ohio attorney general has filed a 58-count lawsuit against Norfolk Southern, charging that the derailment was a product of the company’s negligence and recklessness. —Glenn Thrush, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2023 According to People, Dillard’s mother, Alexis Adams, is named as a plaintiff in the negligence suit — along with her special needs son — in documents submitted to the Superior Court of New Jersey on Monday (March 27) against Pitch Perfect 74, LLC, Goldberg Management and others. —Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 30 Mar. 2023 The bill would allow damages to be assigned to the perpetrator of the crime in negligence cases, which Michaels said would let defendants who could have prevented a crime off the hook by shifting blame to the criminal. —Skyler Swisher, Orlando Sentinel, 15 Mar. 2023 See More
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