negligent

adjective
neg·​li·​gent | \ ˈne-gli-jənt How to pronounce negligent (audio) \

Definition of negligent

1a : marked by or given to neglect especially habitually or culpably was a careless workman, negligent of details— Edith Hamilton
b : failing to exercise the care expected of a reasonably prudent person in like circumstances negligent about traffic regulations
2 : marked by a carelessly easy manner

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negligently adverb

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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

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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.

Examples of negligent in a Sentence

The fire was started by a negligent smoker. He was negligent in not reporting the accident to the police.
Recent Examples on the Web Prosecutors in Puerto Rico charged Anello last month with negligent homicide in the death of his 18-month-old granddaughter. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Video of toddler's fatal cruise ship fall may help decide grandfather's fate," 21 Nov. 2019 In July, Matthew Naquin, 21, was found guilty of negligent homicide in the death of Max Gruver. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Ex-LSU student sentenced to 5 years in hazing death of fraternity pledge Max Gruver," 21 Nov. 2019 Prosecutors have charged Anello with negligent homicide. CBS News, "Video shows girl's final moments with grandfather before cruise ship death," 21 Nov. 2019 The Advocate reported that Naquin, 21, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Tex., was convicted in July of negligent homicide, which carried up to five years behind bars. Washington Post, "PG&E again cuts power over fire threat," 20 Nov. 2019 Authorities in Puerto Rico have charged the grandfather of a toddler who fell to her death from an open cruise ship window with negligent homicide. oregonlive, "Grandfather charged with negligent homicide in toddler’s fatal fall from cruise ship," 30 Oct. 2019 So the Browns haven’t been exactly negligent with line picks. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "The Cleveland Browns finally need to replace Joe Thomas and prioritize offensive tackle," 17 Oct. 2019 This young man was negligent and certainly deserved to have a consequence but the judgment jeopardized the future of someone who was an otherwise productive citizen which is counterproductive. Dan Sweeney, sun-sentinel.com, "On judge who sentenced juror to 10 days for missing duty, most readers look for middle ground," 11 Oct. 2019 In court documents, the city says Adan was negligent and careless, making him at least partly responsible for the incident. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Uber driver sues San Diego claiming police arrested him because he videotaped their activity," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of negligent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for negligent

Middle English necligent, negligent, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin neglegent-, neglegens (also neclegens, negligens), present participle of neglegere, neclegere "to disregard, do nothing about, fail to care for" — more at neglect entry 1

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“Negligent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/negligent. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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negligent

adjective
How to pronounce negligent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of negligent

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

negligent

adjective
neg·​li·​gent | \ ˈne-glə-jənt How to pronounce negligent (audio) \

Kids Definition of negligent

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

Other Words from negligent

negligently adverb

negligent

adjective
neg·​li·​gent | \ ˈne-gli-jənt How to pronounce negligent (audio) \

Legal Definition of negligent

: marked by, given to, or produced by negligence a negligent act the defendant was negligent

Other Words from negligent

negligently adverb

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