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.
Recent Examples on the Web The 200-yard drop gain is negligible, but the reduced wind deflection of slightly more than 2 inches is worth having. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "2 Tricks to Make Your .30/30 More Effective Beyond 150 Yards," 29 Apr. 2020 In any event, there are so few prisoners awaiting execution — around 2,700 out of over 202,000 homicide inmates (1.3 percent) — that the impact of abolishing the death penalty would be negligible. Barry Latzer, National Review, "Voodoo Criminology," 24 Mar. 2020 For most travelers, risks to the baby from exposure to cosmic radiation (radiation from the sun and stars) are negligible, the ACOG says. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Know About Flying While Pregnant," 4 Mar. 2020 However, science has shown a negligible difference in treadmill impact for knees versus say asphalt running. NBC News, "The 5 most commonly believed fitness myths (that are holding you back)," 19 Jan. 2018 Given the negligible price premium over the Civic and the improved fuel economy, this car is a smart choice. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The Best New Family Cars of 2020," 22 Apr. 2020 Oberman, however, is undaunted, scrambling to set up interviews on a negligible budget from the label, and booking under-the-radar gigs like a vacuum cleaner salesman convention. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Stardust': Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 16 Apr. 2020 That compares with 20% for the best commercial cells, but is not negligible. The Economist, "Transparent solar cells could be used to glaze office blocks," 12 Dec. 2019 These studies indicate that the risk of crop failures in multiple major breadbaskets is not negligible. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Heatwaves on multiple continents linked by jet stream tendency," 11 Dec. 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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The first known use of negligible was in 1829

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15 May 2020

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“Negligible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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