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  1. gross negligence(Noun)

    Negligence evincing a total or near total disregard for the rights and welfare of others and for the consequences of an act.


  1. Gross negligence

    Gross negligence is a legal concept which means serious carelessness. Negligence is the opposite of diligence, or being careful. The standard of ordinary negligence is what conduct one expects from the proverbial "reasonable person". By analogy, if somebody has been grossly negligent, that means they have fallen so far below the ordinary standard of care that one can expect, to warrant the label of being "gross". Prosser and Keeton describe gross negligence as being "the want of even slight or scant care", and note it as having been described as a lack of care that even a careless person would use. They further note that while some jurisdictions equate gross negligence with recklessness in terms of culpability, most simply differentiate it from simple negligence in terms of degree.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gross negligence in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gross negligence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Subodh Chandra:

    Eight days for gross negligence resulting in the death of a 12-year-old boy, how pathetic is that?

  2. Bob Goodlatte:

    I leave it to others to conclude whether ‘extremely careless’ and ‘gross negligence’ [are] the same thing.

  3. Larry Hamermesh:

    What seems to be pushing the litigation is it is increasingly hard to find gross negligence on the part of the board.

  4. Attorney Mary Alexander:

    As a result of the horrific, gross negligence of the defendants in this case, these two young people have lost their lives, they had every gift but the gift of time.

  5. Jason Chaffetz:

    The facts before us on the impeachment go solely to what Mr. Koskinen did and didn’t do when he was under subpoena, there was a lot of gross negligence, things he should have done, could have done.

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