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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Other Words from negligent

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 In 2019, a Senate panel determined that a pattern of negligent behavior on the part of USAG and the U.S. Olympic Committee allowed Nassar’s abuse to continue. refinery29.com, "Athlete A Reveals How Deeply USAG Failed To Protect Its Gymnasts," 24 June 2020 He was charged with two counts each of assault, threatening to commit a crime (murder) and threatening to bomb or hijack and single counts of negligent driving and disturbing the peace as a subsequent offense. Rich Harbert, USA TODAY, "Assault charges for man who refused to wear mask, coughed on 2 women, police say," 6 July 2020 The charge was amended to negligent operation of a water vessel, according to his plea agreement. al, "Misdemeanor guilty plea reached in boating accident that killed Kelsey Starling," 7 June 2020 At the Crooked River Ranch Golf Course in Central Oregon and The Circuit Bouldering Gym’s three Portland area rock-climbing locales, customers must promise not to sue even if the businesses are negligent for causing COVID-19 infections. oregonlive, "Eager to avoid coronavirus lawsuits, some Oregon businesses are requiring customers to sign away their rights to sue," 1 July 2020 The norms contain detailed steps for investigating negligent bishops, as well as provisions to protect whistle-blowers who report them. Washington Post, "Polish group seeks pope’s action against sex abuse, cover-up," 29 June 2020 The suspect’s police record shows convictions for burglary, felonious assault and negligent assault. cleveland, "Two teens arrested for aggravated robbery in gun theft: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 27 June 2020 The suit alleges that Dallas Police and Fire-Rescue were negligent, stating Sr. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "After Police Oversight Board investigation stalls, family of Diamond Ross, who died in DPD custody, sues the city," 26 June 2020 In 2019, a Senate panel determined that a pattern of negligent behaviour on the part of USAG and the U.S. Olympic Committee allowed Nassar’s abuse to continue. refinery29.com, "Athlete A Reveals How Deeply USAG Failed To Protect Its Gymnasts," 25 June 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/negligent. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for negligent

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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