negligible

adjective neg·li·gi·ble \ ˈne-gli-jə-bəl \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

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

negligibility

play \ˌne-gli-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

negligibly

play \ˈne-gli-jə-blē\ adverb

Examples of negligible in a Sentence

  1. A negligible amount of damage was done to the vehicle.

  2. The price difference was negligible.

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of 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 1neglect


NEGLIGIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

negligible

adjective

Definition of negligible for English Language Learners

  • : very small or unimportant


NEGLIGIBLE Defined for Kids

negligible

adjective neg·li·gi·ble \ ˈne-glə-jə-bəl \

Definition of negligible for Students

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


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