• WordNet 3.6
    • n negligence failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances
    • n negligence the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Negligence An act or instance of negligence or carelessness.
    • Negligence (Law) 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.
    • n Negligence The quality or state of being negligent; lack of due diligence or care; omission of duty; habitual neglect; heedlessness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n negligence The fact or the character of being negligent or neglectful; deficiency in or lack of care, exactness, or application; the omitting to do, or a habit of omitting to do, things which ought to be done, or the doing of such things without sufficient attention and care; carelessness;. heedless disregard of some duty.
    • n negligence Specifically, in law, the failure to exercise that degree of care which the law requires for the protection of those interests of other persons which may be injuriously affected by the want of such care. If such failure directly results in injury to the interests of another person, who did not by his own negligence contribute to the result, the negligence is actionable negligence. If the failure to exercise due care is wilful, liability is incurred irrespective of contributory negligence, but the failure may still be treated at the option of the person injured as mere negligence, so far at least as concerns the liability of the person actually guilty of it, and in some eases also for the purpose of holding his employer liable. By a rule of law which obtains in some of the United States, the person injured may recover notwithstanding his own negligence if it was slight as compared with that of the defendant (comparative negligence). Contributive or contributory negligence is negligence, on the part of the person injured, which contributed to produce the injury. Gross negligence is the failure to exercise even slight care, and is usually measured by reference to that degree of care which every person of ordinary sense, however inattentive, takes of his own interests. Ordinary negligence is the failure to exercise ordinary care, usually measured by reference to that degree of care which a man of common prudence and capable of governing a family takes of his own interests. Slight negligence is the failure to exercise a high degree of care, usually measured by reference to that diligence with which a circumspect and thoughtful person would attend to his own interests. Whether these three degrees are proper distinctions to be observed as a test of liability for damages is much disputed, but there is no question that the law fully recognizes in a general way the corresponding degrees of care as required of persons in various different relations, nor that degrees of neglect must be noticed by the law in determining other questions than that of liability for damages, as good faith, fidelity, etc.
    • n negligence Lack of attention to niceties or conventionalities, especially of dress, manner, or style; disregard of appearances; easy indifference of manner.
    • n negligence An act of neglectfulness; an instance of negligence or carelessness.
    • n negligence Contempt; disregard; slight; neglect.
    • n negligence A kind of wig in fashion for morning dress about the middle of the eighteenth century.
    • n negligence Synonyms Heedlessness, inconsiderateness, thoughtlessness.
    • n negligence Negligence, Neglect, Remissness, Inattention, Inadvertence, Oversight, Indifference. As contrasted with neglect, negligence generally expresses the habit or trait, and neglect the act. Inadvertence and oversight expressly mean that there was no intention of neglect; indifference lies back of action in the failure to care, such failure being generally blameworthy. Remissness is careless neglect of duty. Inattention is a failure. generally culpable, to bring the mind to the subject. See neglect, n. t, and negligent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Negligence neg′li-jens 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
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Celebrity is never more admired than by the negligent.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “To let friendship die away by negligence and silence is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of the weary pilgrimage.”
  • Owen Felltham
    Owen Felltham
    “Negligence is the rust of the soul, that corrodes through all her best resolves.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “He that thinks he can afford to be negligent is not far from being poor.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “They that are on their guard and appear ready to receive their adversaries, are in much less danger of being attacked than the supine, secure and negligent.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. négligence, L. negligentia,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. negligentianegligens, -entis, pr.p. of negligĕre, to neglect.


In literature:

But they are almost completely negligible.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
This finding defines a case of negligence which renders the paymaster liable for the loss of these funds.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by Grover Cleveland
Eventually, then, Bok learned that the path that led to success was wide open: the competition was negligible.
"A Dutch Boy Fifty Years After" by Edward Bok
He wore a tunic of gray wool bordered with red, and a gray mantle hung negligently from his shoulders.
"The City of Delight" by Elizabeth Miller
Each little discomfort taken separately would have been altogether negligible.
"Combed Out" by Fritz August Voigt
Within those limits, humanity might do as it pleased; without them, it was negligible, and not to be considered.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
Next come a row of shops, and, at the corner, the Lido hotels' motor-launch office, and then several negligible decayed palaces.
"A Wanderer in Venice" by E.V. Lucas
In 1865 cotton spinning was a negligible matter in the Southern states.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
He carefully and in a painstaking manner defines the law of negligence.
"The Man in Court" by Frederic DeWitt Wells
Nor had the commissary been negligent of creature comforts.
"The Actress in High Life" by Sue Petigru Bowen

In poetry:

That was the cause!--
Are there no laws,--
Laws to protect such as we?
"After The Accident" by Francis Bret Harte
How cold and feeble is my love!
How negligent my fear!
How low my hope of joys above!
How few affections there!
"Hymn 165" by Isaac Watts
Then judge yourself, and prove your man
As circumspectly as you can,
And, having made election,
Beware no negligence of yours,
Such as a friend but ill endures,
Enfeeble his affection.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
He gives thee time to mend each wicked way —
He gives thee frequent warnings, to repent —
Then take his warning — whilst 'tis yet to-day,
Or thou shalt soon thy negligence lament.
"Mr. Prichard's Complaint Of The Town Of Llandovery (The Author's Parish) And His Advice And Warning " by Rees Prichard
I somehow feel, since she has gone,
That negligence is crime:
That I am guilty of this wrong
To my eyelids brings the brine:
Since she lies cold the tombs between,
Where the grass is growing green.
"Afterward" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Negligence – Appliance installers owed no duty regarding uncapped gas line.
Judges overturn a law imposing a four-year deadline for negligence claims.
Jury Finds Vacuum Pump Manufacturer Negligent.
Robert Bork Cites ' Wanton ' Negligence in Suing Yale Club for $1-Million.
Ignorance, Not Negligence, to Blame in Human Error.
There was supposed to be a hearing this morning separate from the negligence trial involving Ronald Sparks, but attorneys from both sides asked the judge for more time to discuss issues with their clients.
The Housing Authority is suing Sparks and his company for negligence and breach of contract following some work he did for them as an engineer.
A tour bus driver charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for being behind the wheel in a Bronx crash that killed 15 people was acquitted of nearly all charges Friday.
He was acquitted of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
The negligence lawsuit was filed on his behalf by his father and his criminal defense attorney, who said Cutrufelli is addicted to meth.
Airlines face trial over 9/11 negligence claims.
Criminally Negligent Homicide charges now against the babysitter who accidentally backed her vehicle into the child she was babysitting for in Windsor early Thursday morning.
Colleen Conlon of Gardner is grieving the loss of the cat, 8-year-old Lady, which she attributes to "negligence" by the vet.
Willful and negligent discharge of a firearm.
Defense contractor guilty of negligence .

In science:

This difference is negligible, the homomorphism simply wipes it out.
Factorization of integers and arithmetic functions
As will be shown, in that limit the thermal fluctuations are negligible and the calculation of the average thermodynamical and correlation properties of the model is effectively reduced to an optimization problem.
The Random-bond Potts model in the large-q limit
We have shown that, for Y ≪ t2 , the integral is dominated by Reω ≃ ωs , the contribution (30) being negligible on a contour with a slight deformation in Reω > ωs .
Diffusion corrections to the hard pomeron
On the other hand, thermal fluctuations have also to be negligible and this means that the theory is limited to temperatures much lower than Tc .
Helium nanodroplets and trapped Bose-Einstein condensates as prototypes of finite quantum fluids
Lyth argues that ζ is continuous across the transition and that hence the final curvature fluctuations are not scale invariant and have negligible amplitude.
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe