negligible

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adjective neg·li·gi·ble \ˈne-gli-jə-bəl\

Definition of negligible

  1. :  so small or unimportant or of so little consequence as to warrant little or no attention :  trifling <a negligible error>

negligibility

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negligibly

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Examples of negligible in a sentence

  1. A negligible amount of damage was done to the vehicle.

  2. The price difference was negligible.

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of negligible

Latin neglegere, negligere


First Known Use: 1829


NEGLIGIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

negligible

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adjective neg·li·gi·ble \ˈne-gli-jə-bəl\

Definition of negligible for English Language Learners

  • : very small or unimportant


NEGLIGIBLE Defined for Kids

negligible

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adjective neg·li·gi·ble \ˈne-glə-jə-bəl\

Definition of negligible for Students

  1. :  so small or unimportant as to deserve little or no attention <Crops received a negligible amount of rainfall.>



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