negligent

adjective
neg·li·gent | \ ˈne-gli-jənt \

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.

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The 24-year-old was reported to prosecutors for negligent endangerment and fined $4,694. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "American tourist takes unexploded World War II shell to Vienna Airport," 12 July 2018 The tourist, who was not identified, was fined nearly $5,000 and reported to prosecutors for negligent endangerment, Deutsche Welle reported. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "American tourist allegedly tries to take 'souvenir' WWI artillery shell on plane," 11 July 2018 Guillory objected to the characterization of his relationship with Mayo and claimed defamation, false light invasion of privacy and negligent misrepresentation. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Three reasons Louisville players are unlikely to win lawsuit vs. NCAA," 11 July 2018 The child's parents filed the lawsuit in February, alleging the teacher lacked sufficient training making the school district negligent. Anchorage Daily News, "City settles with family of boy permanently injured in PE," 8 July 2018 James King Jr, 49, was charged with criminally negligent homicide and breach of peace. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Vernon Man Arrested In Connection With Death Of Homeless Man," 5 July 2018 The decision follows a December ruling in which U.S. District Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein found PwC, the outside auditor for Colonial’s bank holding company, negligent in not detecting a massive fraud at a major customer of the firm. Michael Rapoport, WSJ, "Judge Rules PricewaterhouseCoopers Must Pay $625.3 Million in Damages," 3 July 2018 In the 2006 suit, Fellez accused Farnsworth of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and violations of Washington and Florida state securities statutes. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "A trail of lawsuits and a failed psychic hotline. Meet the Miami man running MoviePass," 28 June 2018 Sinclair has a slightly different story in its own lawsuit alleging negligent hiring, breach of contract and more on the part of Zucker. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sinclair Broadcasting Looks to Shed Responsibility for Sexual Harassment Allegations," 27 June 2018

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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

adjective

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 \

Kids Definition of negligent

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

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negligently adverb

negligent

adjective
neg·li·gent | \ ˈne-gli-jənt \

Legal Definition of negligent 

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

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negligently adverb

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