Definition of contributory negligence in English:

contributory negligence

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


  • 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.
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    • 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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