Definition of negligence in English:


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  • 1Failure to take proper care in doing something.

    ‘some of these accidents are due to negligence’
    • ‘Any casualty due to their negligence must be put up for a PIL and proper compensation demanded.’
    • ‘We cannot just say it was not negligence without a proper investigation.’
    • ‘Death due to negligence occurred in one per cent of this group.’
    • ‘The bus fell into the river due to negligence of the driver.’
    • ‘People hesitate to approach consumer courts either because of negligence or due to some inherent fear about the very idea of filing a case.’
    • ‘The death or serious injury of a Soldier due to negligence or carelessness cannot be overlooked and can always be avoided.’
    • ‘I made a few gaffs due to my negligence, so hopefully you'll learn from my mistakes.’
    • ‘This means that any additional costs which are due to her negligence may be deducted from her bill.’
    • ‘Yes, this is due to my own negligence, but a helpful reminder from a travel agent would make all the difference.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the firm would have been liable if the embryos had been destroyed due to their negligence, he said.’
    • ‘If the tardiness is due to negligence and causes a loss of income, then you are entitled to recover some of the loss.’
    • ‘Yes, some errors are due to negligence by a doctor or a nurse.’
    • ‘‘That is carelessness and negligence and all three of you need to look at your own systems,’ he said.’
    • ‘It is simply due to the greed of some, and negligence by others.’
    • ‘Why should I suffer because of somebody's negligence, carelessness, stupidity or even a deliberate act on his or her part?’
    • ‘She had learned the hard way a long time ago that forgetfulness was considered negligence.’
    • ‘Employers must be held responsible for negligence over worker safety and be punished accordingly.’
    • ‘Workers in these companies have complained of negligence by new owners and the failure to invest in safety.’
    • ‘There are enough tragedies in our day-to-day lives without adding some due to our own personal negligence.’
    carelessness, lack of care, lack of proper care and attention, dereliction of duty, non-performance of duty, non-fulfilment of duty, remissness, neglectfulness, neglect, laxity, laxness, irresponsibility, inattention, inattentiveness, heedlessness, thoughtlessness, unmindfulness, forgetfulness
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    1. 1.1Law Failure to use reasonable care, resulting in damage or injury to another.
      ‘They could be facing charges of criminal negligence causing death and injury.’
      • ‘I was open to persuasion that the actual facts before the court did not disclose a case of negligence that had any reasonable prospect of success.’
      • ‘Their claim is based in contract and tort and includes allegations of negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.’
      • ‘I find that there was no breach of a duty of care and no negligence on the part of the defendants and the action is dismissed.’
      • ‘Initially, the Plaintiffs framed their action against UPI alleging breach of contract and negligence.’



/ˈneɡləj(ə)ns/ /ˈnɛɡlədʒ(ə)ns/


Middle English via Old French from Latin negligentia, from the verb negligere (variant of neglegere ‘disregard, slight’ see neglect).