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Definition of "negligence" []

  • The state or quality of being negligent. (noun)
  • A negligent act or a failure to act. (noun)
  • Law Failure to exercise the degree of care considered reasonable under the circumstances, resulting in an unintended injury to another party. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "negligence" in a sentence
  • "But the general idea here, when you hear the term negligence is a lack of care, a lack of reasonable behavior on the part of the owners here."
  • "Retired marine General Tony Zinni says in the lead up to the war, he witnessed what he called negligence, irresponsibility, lying, incompetence and corruption."
  • "The injured ANP workers criticised what they called negligence of police and security personnel deployed at the function and termed the incident a security lapse."