neg·​li·​gi·​ble | \ ˈne-gli-jə-bəl How to pronounce negligible (audio) \

Definition of negligible

: so small or unimportant or of so little consequence as to warrant little or no attention : trifling a negligible error last year sales were negligible a negligible risk a negligible effect

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Other Words from negligible

negligibility \ ˌne-​gli-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce negligible (audio) \ noun
negligibly \ ˈne-​gli-​jə-​blē How to pronounce negligible (audio) \ adverb

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Negligible comes from the same Latin verb as neglect, so something negligible is literally "neglectable". If an accident results in negligible damage to your car, you should be thankful. If two years of intense focus on testing in the classroom results in a negligible improvement in student test scores, it's probably time to try something new.

Examples of negligible in a Sentence

A negligible amount of damage was done to the vehicle. The price difference was negligible.
Recent Examples on the Web And in the biggest games of the season, Tyree’s carries were negligible. Tyler James, The Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football: Chris Tyree seeks larger role in offense," 29 Mar. 2021 An attorney for one of the churches subpoenaed told The Sun last week that any contributions made by the Mosby were negligible. Justin Fenton,, "Baltimore children’s nonprofit subpoenaed in federal grand jury probe of Marilyn and Nick Mosby," 24 Mar. 2021 The amount of covid-19 antibodies in that amount of blood would be negligible at best, not to mention the fact that the human body is constantly producing more blood, Murphy said. Washington Post, "Can you give blood after the coronavirus vaccine? What to know about immunity post-donation," 17 Mar. 2021 Some workers in recent years agitated for change in Staten Island, Chicago, Sacramento and Minnesota, but the impact was negligible. David Streitfeld, New York Times, "How Amazon Crushes Unions," 16 Mar. 2021 Proponents of bill, which passed the House on a nearly party-line 70-25 vote last week, say the average water bill in Kentucky is only $35 and a 10% fee is negligible. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Legislation making it easier to force a school tax recall election advances to Senate," 11 Mar. 2021 City officials say the difference in actual tax bills will be negligible because another tax is coming off the books at the same time. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, "Here's how Indianapolis parks to use $45 million in upgrades," 5 Mar. 2021 In October, the group admitted three new members, but the net gain was negligible, as two members died the same year. Los Angeles Times, "Who really gives out the Golden Globes? A tiny group full of quirky characters — and no Black members," 21 Feb. 2021 For the average fan, the difference in the game experience is negligible. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Bright side for Missions: baseball finally awaits," 18 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of negligible

1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for negligible

Latinization of French négligeable, from négliger "to disregard, neglect" (going back to Middle French negliger, borrowed from Latin neglegere, neclegere "to disregard, do nothing about") + -able -able — more at neglect entry 1

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The first known use of negligible was in 1829

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“Negligible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of negligible

: very small or unimportant


neg·​li·​gi·​ble | \ ˈne-glə-jə-bəl How to pronounce negligible (audio) \

Kids Definition of negligible

: so small or unimportant as to deserve little or no attention Crops received a negligible amount of rainfall.

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