Definition of negligible
- a negligible error
- last year sales were negligible
- a negligible risk
- a negligible effect
A negligible amount of damage was done to the vehicle.
The price difference was negligible.
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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.
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