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 The left-leaning Economic Policy Institute took issue with the CBO's projection of significant job loss, saying its own analysis has found the impact on employment to be negligible. CBS News, "$15 minimum wage would increase joblessness but reduce poverty, CBO says," 8 Feb. 2021 The cap savings by 2022 (next year would be negligible because the Vikings would take a $20 million hit from Cousins' signing bonus on the 2021 cap in any trade) would be enormous and could buy a lot of pass rushers and corners. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "Mike Zimmer tries to douse QB gossip, says Kirk Cousins is 'our guy'," 5 Feb. 2021 This lack of visibility is also true of $1 trillion of income produced in pass-through businesses, such as partnerships, where there is no third-party reporting and the audit rate is negligible. Fortune, "$574 billion in taxes weren’t paid in 2019. Here’s how to shrink the gap," 30 Jan. 2021 His temporary and targeted cash assistance had, if anything, only a negligible near-term impact. John F. Cogan And John B. Taylor, WSJ, "Those $2,000 Checks Won’t Boost the Economy," 14 Jan. 2021 Previous pandemics, such as H1N1 and SARS, had negligible economic impact on the U.S. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, "The Plague Year," 28 Dec. 2020 Rabbi Yitzchok Zilberstein, a leading ultra-Orthodox authority in Jewish law, issued a public ruling after consulting with Professor Balicer saying that any dangers posed by the vaccine were negligible compared with the dangers of the virus. New York Times, "How Israel Became a World Leader in Vaccinating Against Covid-19," 1 Jan. 2021 Asked if hiking cornfields alongside Grant was different from being tutored by him on a football field, Siemon said any distinction was negligible. Star Tribune, "Football and pheasants once brought Vikings together in Iowa," 17 Dec. 2020 The Morgan Stanley analysts wrote the immediate impact for Apple is likely to be negligible because the Kolar complex had started up only in past months with a capacity for just 5 to 10 million iPhones yearly. Debby Wu,, "Apple Push Into India Dealt Setback as Protest Turns Violent," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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17 Feb 2021

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“Negligible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 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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