noun[mass noun] Law
Failure of an injured party to act prudently, considered to be a contributory factor in the injury which they have suffered.
- 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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