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 But for most of Roadrunner, the distinction between portrait and investigation is negligible. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 16 July 2021 But when schools followed strict mitigation practices, such as consistent mask-wearing and social distancing, transmission was negligible, several studies showed. USA Today, 14 July 2021 When we are fully withdrawn, our ability to collect intelligence will be negligible. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 13 July 2021 So far, the political cost has been negligible, largely because most Americans have long since accepted that the military effort had failed. Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2021 When governments were the only actors in space, the risk of collision was negligible. Alexander William Salter, National Review, 29 June 2021 The electric bill for each transaction is negligible., 27 June 2021 Those who opt-in will share a negligible amount of their bandwidth in exchange for access to Sidewalk. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 7 June 2021 The remaining 1,000 units come from traditional album sales, with one unit equal to one album sale, with a negligible amount also from track-equivalent album (TEA) units, with one unit equal to 10 individual tracks sold from an album. Trevor Anderson, Billboard, 3 June 2021

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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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23 Jul 2021

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“Negligible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 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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