What does negligence mean?

Definitions for negligence
ˈnɛg lɪ dʒənsneg·li·gence

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word negligence.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. negligence, carelessness, neglect, nonperformancenoun

    failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances

  2. negligence, neglect, neglectfulnessnoun

    the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern


  1. negligencenoun

    The state of being negligent

  2. negligencenoun

    The tort whereby a duty of reasonable care was breached, causing damage: any conduct short of intentional or reckless action that falls below the legal standard for preventing unreasonable injury.

  3. negligencenoun

    The breach of a duty of care: the failure to exercise a standard of care that a reasonable person would have in a similar situation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Etymology: negligence, Fr. negligentia, Latin.

    She let it drop by negligence,
    And, to th’advantage, I being here, took’t up. William Shakespeare.


  1. Negligence

    Negligence (Lat. negligentia) is a failure to exercise appropriate and/or ethical ruled care expected to be exercised amongst specified circumstances. The area of tort law known as negligence involves harm caused by failing to act as a form of carelessness possibly with extenuating circumstances. The core concept of negligence is that people should exercise reasonable care in their actions, by taking account of the potential harm that they might foreseeably cause to other people or property.Someone who suffers loss caused by another's negligence may be able to sue for damages to compensate for their harm. Such loss may include physical injury, harm to property, psychiatric illness, or economic loss. The law on negligence may be assessed in general terms according to a five-part model which includes the assessment of duty, breach, actual cause, proximate cause, and damages.


  1. negligence

    Negligence is a failure to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in like circumstances. It involves a careless act or omission resulting in damage or injury to another person or property. More broadly, negligence is a legal concept used in the civil justice system to determine who is at fault for a particular accident or injury, and to what extent they may be held liable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Negligencenoun

    the quality or state of being negligent; lack of due diligence or care; omission of duty; habitual neglect; heedlessness

  2. Negligencenoun

    an act or instance of negligence or carelessness

  3. Negligencenoun

    the omission of the care usual under the circumstances, being convertible with the Roman culpa. A specialist is bound to higher skill and diligence in his specialty than one who is not a specialist, and liability for negligence varies acordingly


  1. Negligence

    Negligence is a failure to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in like circumstances. The area of tort law known as negligence involves harm caused by carelessness, not intentional harm. According to Jay M. Feinman of the Rutgers University School of Law; "those who go personally or bring property where they know that they or it may come into collision with the persons or property of others have by law a duty cast upon them to use reasonable care and skill to avoid such a collision." Fletcher v Rylands Through civil litigation, if an injured person proves that another person acted negligently to cause their injury, they can recover damages to compensate for their harm. Proving a case for negligence can potentially entitle the injured plaintiff to compensation for harm to their body, property, mental well-being, financial status, or intimate relationships. However, because negligence cases are very fact-specific, this general definition does not fully explain the concept of when the law will require one person to compensate another for losses caused by accidental injury. Further, the law of negligence at common law is only one aspect of the law of liability. Although resulting damages must be proven in order to recover compensation in a negligence action, the nature and extent of those damages are not the primary focus of negligence cases.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Negligence

    neg′li-jens, n. fact or quality of being negligent: want of proper care: habitual neglect: a single act of carelessness or neglect, a slight: carelessness about dress, manner, &c.: omission of duty, esp. such care for the interests of others as the law may require—(Shak.) Neglec′tion.—adj. Neg′ligent, neglecting: careless: inattentive: disregarding ceremony or fashion.—adv. Neg′ligently.—adj. Neg′ligible.—adv. Neg′ligibly. [Fr.,—L. negligentianegligens, -entis, pr.p. of negligĕre, to neglect.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. negligence

    If agent or broker engages to do an act for another, and he either wholly neglects it, or does it unskilfully, an action on the case will lie against him.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'negligence' in Nouns Frequency: #2578

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of negligence in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of negligence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of negligence in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Weaks:

    It is critical that Boeing takes whatever time is necessary to safely return the MAX to service, our pilots should not be expected to take a significant and ever-expanding financial loss as a result of Boeing's negligence.

  2. Bruce Norval:

    There were a large number of people there today who lost family members as many as 20, 30 years ago, children who were infected with AIDS who died as babies, fathers who never got to see their children grow up, what they expected today was some sign of responsibility from the state, and I'm not surprised they were upset and angered by what is a totally inadequate response to significant evidence of bad practice and negligence throughout the NHS.

  3. Hazem Jebbo:

    Let them hear me carefully, their negligence burned hundreds of donums, led to these losses.

  4. Plaintiff William Cronnon:

    Cracker Barrel negligence didn't just cause Mr. Smith physical harm ; Cracker Barrel negligence took away part of his identity.

  5. Ivan Alcantara:

    So many people are coming forward with allegations, did she sue, like the couple from Colorado? Were not going to address every single story that people tell about getting sick at Bahia Principe hotels. Well address them in a legal arena when someone sues, like the Colorado couple did. The litigation process will try to find if there was negligence on the part of the hotel, and then a judge would have to make a decision.

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