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

Other Words from negligible

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 As far as other coffee nutrition facts go, its macronutrients are pretty much negligible. Marygrace Taylor, SELF, 31 May 2022 This is no small accomplishment, considering how negligible Penny, her character, is. Mark Feeney,, 16 May 2022 Considering how negligible these changes are, expect Apple to continue to refer to them as 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 10 May 2022 The cost of such undertakings—which involve changing official documents, Web sites and graphic designs—seems to be fairly negligible. Adam Mann, Scientific American, 4 Apr. 2022 In a society increasingly dominated by data, face-to-face interaction seems too negligible a variable to factor in. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2022 So while some small businesses and the self-employed may have needs negligible enough in size to continue operating, there is scant evidence this would be possible on the scale Russia needs anytime soon. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 1 Mar. 2022 The impact of new guidelines on the local concert industry should be fairly negligible. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 26 Feb. 2022 So much of the scheming in these early episodes is rote and the action is completely negligible. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Negligible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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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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