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negligence Syllabification: neg·li·gence
Pronunciation: /ˈneɡləjəns/

Definition of negligence in English:


1Failure to take proper care in doing something: some of these accidents are due to negligence
More example sentences
  • Any casualty due to their negligence must be put up for a PIL and proper compensation demanded.
  • We cannot just say it was not negligence without a proper investigation.
  • Death due to negligence occurred in one per cent of this group.
1.1 Law Failure to use reasonable care, resulting in damage or injury to another.
Example sentences
  • They could be facing charges of criminal negligence causing death and injury.
  • I was open to persuasion that the actual facts before the court did not disclose a case of negligence that had any reasonable prospect of success.
  • Their claim is based in contract and tort and includes allegations of negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.

Words that rhyme with negligence

diligence • intransigence

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