Definition of contributory negligence in English:

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contributory negligence

noun

Law
Failure of an injured plaintiff to act prudently, considered to be a contributory factor in the injury suffered, and sometimes reducing the amount recovered from the defendant.
Example sentences
  • That, of course, does not mean that the appellant was guilty of contributory negligence.
  • Whether a plaintiff is guilty of contributory negligence is a question of fact.
  • Negligence, or contributory negligence, will suffice either to defeat the claim or to reduce the award of damages.

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Syllabification: con·trib·u·to·ry neg·li·gence

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