Definition of negligent in English:



  • Failing to take proper care over something.

    ‘the council had been negligent in its supervision of the children in care’
    • ‘They would still be liable at common law for negligent installation or maintenance.’
    • ‘It is difficult for the claimant to say that the defendant was negligent in not seeing him, if he had not seen the defendant.’
    • ‘The judge held that the defendants were negligent and in breach of statutory duty and the claim was not statute barred.’
    • ‘A number of judges have had to consider how a negligent defendant can be found to have acted reasonably.’
    • ‘The negligent defendant, or more usually his insurer, takes his victim as he finds him.’
    • ‘It may be that knowledge of such facts will also serve to bring home to him the fact that the defendant has been negligent or at fault.’
    • ‘I find the defendants negligent in the manner in which the drip leg was installed.’
    • ‘This is not a case where the first appellant was negligent in the conduct of the operation.’
    • ‘The plaintiffs sued the defendant alleging that he had been negligent in a number of ways.’
    • ‘Her case was that the solicitors had been negligent in that she should have been advised not to execute the mortgage.’
    • ‘Liability for negligent advice is imposed irrespective of whether it is given gratuitously.’
    • ‘The first question is whether at the time of the negligent act or omission a judicial process existed.’
    • ‘Whether a forecast was negligent or not depends upon whether reasonable care was taken in preparing it.’
    • ‘Amy may argue by analogy with this reasoning that the plaintiff council will have to prove she was negligent.’
    • ‘The employee alleged that the respondent was negligent in failing to warn of the hump.’
    • ‘The latter may arise from a tortious act other than the negligent use of a motor vehicle.’
    • ‘You can point to some negligent act or omission as a result of which somebody gets a dose of a radiation poison.’
    • ‘In addressing causation following a negligent omission, two questions arise.’
    • ‘Expert evidence that such an error was negligent would, traditionally, be inadmissible.’
    • ‘After all, this is a case about negligent failure to exercise a statutory power, is it not?’
    careless, failing to take proper care, remiss, neglectful, lax, irresponsible, inattentive, heedless, thoughtless, unmindful, forgetful
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