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>
negligibilityplay \ˌne-gli-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
negligiblyplay \ˈne-gli-jə-blē\ adverb
Examples of negligible in a sentence
A negligible amount of damage was done to the vehicle.
The price difference was negligible.
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
Latin neglegere, negligere
First Known Use: 1829
NEGLIGIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of negligible for English Language Learners
: very small or unimportant
NEGLIGIBLE Defined for Kids
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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