contributory negligence


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n contributory negligence (law) behavior by the plaintiff that contributes to the harm resulting from the defendant's negligence "in common law any degree of contributory negligence would bar the plaintiff from collecting damages"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Contributory negligence (Law) negligence by an injured party, which combines with the negligence of the injurer in producing the injury, and which bars recovery when it is the proximate cause of the injury.
    • Contributory negligence See under Contributory.
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In literature:

If so, then God, I say (intending no offence) Is guilty of contributory negligence.
"The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce
I could understand the conductor's position, and beside, in the law, I had been guilty myself of contributory negligence.
"The Man in Lower Ten" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Contributory negligence is proved; and said Winslow will pay the bill and not kick.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VI. (of X.)" by Various
Therein lay his contributory negligence.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
All this was in as perfect accordance with law as our fellow-servant or contributory-negligence doctrines.
"Education: How Old The New" by James J. Walsh
Talk about contributory negligence!
"The Thousandth Woman" by Ernest W. Hornung