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 Kaylee Remington reports a Berea Municipal Court judge found 36-year-old Osama Badr of Strongsville guilty of negligent vehicular homicide and stopping and backing violations. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "2020 election drew 17 million more voters than 2016 – largest increase in history: The Wake Up for Friday, April 30, 2021," 30 Apr. 2021 Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 25, of Springfield, Massachusetts, faces multiple counts of negligent homicide, manslaughter, driving under the influence and reckless conduct in the June 21, 2019, crash in Randolph. BostonGlobe.com, "Driver in N.H. crash that killed seven motorcyclists appeals to state’s supreme court," 29 Apr. 2021 Rebecca Hillman, 38, was charged with negligent homicide in connection with the Nov. 20, 2020, suicide of Ryan Wilson at the Manhattan Detention Complex, colloquially known as The Tombs. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, "New York City jail guard arrested after being accused of watching inmate hang himself in cell," 26 Apr. 2021 On May 7, the grand jury returned charges of negligent homicide and obstructing official business, both misdemeanors, against Roach for his role in Thomas' death. The Enquirer, "History lesson: Civil unrest in downtown Cincinnati was 20 years ago. Here's what happened.," 8 Apr. 2021 Naquin was convicted of negligent homicide and sentenced in November 2019 to five years in prison in connection with Gruver's death. Jeff Amy, ajc, "Georgia lawmakers again seek to make college hazing a felony," 26 Feb. 2021 Anello was charged with negligent homicide in the death of Chloe Wiegand, who fell more than 100 feet from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship window in July 2019. Victoria Albert, CBS News, "Grandfather sentenced to three years of probation after granddaughter's fatal fall from cruise ship," 8 Feb. 2021 In the lawsuit, filed in April 2019, Stone alleged the city investigated him in retaliation for challenging misconduct among his Springfield Police Department colleagues and that the investigation was negligent. oregonlive, "Springfield paid ex-cop $250K to end employment, settle suit," 26 Feb. 2021 The damage is detailed in a lawsuit Greene filed last month in Marin County Superior Court, alleging the affluent private school was negligent in its handling of Taylor. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, "EXCLUSIVE: One woman's lawsuit is unearthing decades of alleged sexual abuse at two elite Bay Area high schools," 9 Apr. 2021

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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 15 May. 2021.

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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 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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