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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And even though the companies themselves tend to see negligible effects either way, that certainly isn’t the case for the people affected in the controversies. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Christine Blasey Ford’s Coke bottle, O.J. Simpson’s Bronco, and the inevitability of brands," 28 Sep. 2018 Instead, six picks in the top 135 yielded negligible production, no stars and gaping holes on the offensive line the Bengals are still scrambling to fix. Paul Dehner Jr.,, "Cincinnati Bengals: Grading the team's performance in the 2015 NFL Draft.," 3 Apr. 2018 Its market share there is negligible, according to Liu Yuewen, an analyst at SWS Research. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "After a Comeback and a Name Change, Priceline Bets Big on China," 28 Dec. 2018 Energy savings from net-zero buildings in the U.S. are negligible today, but are increasing. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why Your Next Home Might Not Need Any Energy at All," 22 Dec. 2018 In at least 14 of the states where Republican senators are up in 2020, the chances of a successful Democratic challenge are negligible. Allen C. Guelzo, WSJ, "The Blue Wave Breaks Gently," 9 Nov. 2018 Olivier Rabin, who leads the science division at WADA, said that screening methods will eventually become so robust that doping will be negligible. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte broke doping rules. It happens far more than you think.," 24 July 2018 Standard & Poor’s and Fitch also currently rate Italian debt two notches above junk, so the risk of a deeper crisis is hardly negligible. Simon Nixon, WSJ, "Italy Still Has Time to Avert a Disaster," 30 May 2018 Of course, risks of violence at school are not negligible. New York Times, "Why Campus Shootings Are So Shocking: School Is the ‘Safest Place’ for a Child," 22 May 2018

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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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