negligible

adjective
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 negligibility (audio) \ noun
negligibly \ ˈne-​gli-​jə-​blē How to pronounce negligibly (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.

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What sanctuary from rough men my puny grade-school arms could provide was negligible, but my dad never discouraged me.... Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Mom's Knight in Flammable Green Fur," 6 June 2019 The international three-point distance had been tested in the National Invitational Tournament the past two years, and the results from the further distance compared to those from the regular season were negligible. Andy Kostka, USA TODAY, "College basketball's three-point shot moving back to international distance," 5 June 2019 The monthly mortgage is only about $1,200, and their property taxes are negligible. USA Today, "'Can't pay their bills with love': For many teaching jobs, teachers' pay can't cover rent," 5 June 2019 La Stella was arbitration eligible, and the Cubs’ spending (beyond their core arbitration eligible players) was negligible. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs Q&A: What are Ian Happ's chances of returning? Why did they draft Ryan Jensen at No. 27?," 5 June 2019 But water-pressure was so negligible on the fourth floor of the grandstand that those restrooms were closed. Liz Clarke, The Seattle Times, "At the center of Kentucky Derby controversy, War of Will is vindicated with victory in Preakness Stakes," 18 May 2019 The only price his peers paid, really, was having their adolescent secrets revealed, which was devastating in the moment but negligible in the great scheme of things. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix’s The Society Is a Creepier Version of Gossip Girl—and I Can’t Stop Watching," 10 May 2019 Netflix has plowed billions into its streaming content business but its hard assets are nearly negligible. Michael L. Corbat, WSJ, "America Has a Surplus in Services," 13 Nov. 2018 The tariffs on steel and aluminium, though negligible in their impact on China, signalled that hawkish advisers to Mr Trump were in the ascendancy. The Economist, "A lose-lose trade war looms between America and China," 15 Mar. 2018

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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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negligible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of negligible

: very small or unimportant

negligible

adjective
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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