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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Yet the downtown Los Angeles region got far less intense shaking from the same earthquake — intensity 6 or 7, where damage is negligible in buildings of good design and construction. Rong-gong Lin Ii,, "Ridgecrest earthquake was intense. Exactly how strong was it?," 4 July 2019 For a short-duration trip, the difference might be negligible. National Geographic, "Here’s why women may be the best suited for spaceflight," 17 June 2019 Pro tip: The lines at the Sweet Maple at SFO are negligible compared to the one out here on the mean streets of San Francisco. Soleil Ho,, "Eggs, over tedium: Why brunch is a scam," 17 June 2019 No arrests were made, the police apparently persuaded by Symonds and Johnson that the dispute was negligible. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Will Boris Johnson’s “Late-Night Altercation” Sink His Bid to Become Prime Minister?," 23 June 2019 Leaders feel compelled to try something different; however, until the community embraces any changes, student performance will be negligible at best. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Buy-in needed for education goal; Underperforming legislators; Remember the Allies too; Tough tariff stance is right (6/10/19)," 10 June 2019 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

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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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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