What does negligence mean?

Definitions for negligence
ˈnɛg lɪ dʒənsneg·li·gence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. negligence, carelessness, neglect, nonperformance(noun)

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

  2. negligence, neglect, neglectfulness(noun)

    the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern


  1. negligence(Noun)

    The state of being negligent

  2. negligence(Noun)

    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. negligence(Noun)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Negligence(noun)

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

  2. Negligence(noun)

    an act or instance of negligence or carelessness

  3. Negligence(noun)

    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.]

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    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. Rachel McFarland:

    His negligence set up our baby on a course that was irreversible.

  2. Mohammad Shah Alam:

    Whether it is intentional or negligence, we are trying to find out.

  3. Carlos Nieto:

    It was due to negligence by authorities in not having adequate prison conditions.

  4. Hazem Jebbo:

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

  5. The FBI:

    We will make whatever decision we must make if theres been negligence of any kind. We will act.

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