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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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 While not technically free, the transactions costs are negligible (ie, comparable to sending an email). David G.w. Birch, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 When compared to the extra $3,000 or $3,600 per child that family would otherwise receive, that amount is negligible, Furman said. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 13 Apr. 2022 Its use is negligible compared to E10 gas, which contains 10% ethanol. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 12 Apr. 2022 The practical effect is negligible, but the symbolism counts for something when Russia is barred from a Human Rights Council that includes the likes of Venezuela, Cuba and China. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 8 Apr. 2022 The direct impact of the bills on the course of the conflict is likely to be negligible. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 In the opener, at least, their presence is negligible. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, any pressure from Congress on the administration is likely to be negligible for now, if recent history is any indication. Jimmy Quinn, National Review, 25 Mar. 2022 Some argue that the price reduction consumers would see at the gas pump would be negligible compared to the total loss of funds to state resources, while others worry that gas and oil companies will keep the costs to consumers high anyway. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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