negligence Definition

  • 1failure to take proper care over something
  • 2the state or quality of being negligent

Using negligence: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "negligence" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The accident was caused by the driver's negligence.

  • Example

    The company was sued for medical negligence.

  • Example

    Negligence of safety procedures led to the accident.

negligence Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with negligence

  • gross negligence

    extreme carelessness that shows a complete lack of concern for the safety or well-being of others


    The company was found guilty of gross negligence in the oil spill disaster.

  • a reckless disregard for the safety or lives of others that results in criminal charges


    The doctor was charged with criminal negligence after a patient died due to his carelessness.

  • a legal defense used when the plaintiff's own negligence contributed to their injury or loss


    The court ruled that the plaintiff's contributory negligence reduced the amount of damages they could receive.

Origins of negligence

from Latin 'negligentia', meaning 'carelessness'


Summary: negligence in Brief

'Negligence' [ˈneɡlɪdʒəns] refers to the failure to take proper care over something. It can be used to describe a state or quality of being negligent, and is often associated with accidents or legal issues. Examples include 'The accident was caused by the driver's negligence,' and 'The company was sued for medical negligence.' Phrases like 'gross negligence' and 'criminal negligence' describe extreme forms of carelessness that can result in criminal charges.

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