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negligence

Line breaks: neg|li¦gence
Pronunciation: /ˈnɛɡlɪdʒ(ə)ns
 
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Definition of negligence in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Failure to take proper care over something: his injury was due to the negligence of his employers
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.
Synonyms
carelessness, lack of care, lack of proper care and attention, dereliction of duty, non-performance of duty, non-fulfilment of duty, remissness, neglectfulness, neglect, laxity, laxness, irresponsibility, inattention, inattentiveness, heedlessness, thoughtlessness, unmindfulness, forgetfulness;
Scottish Law culpa;
Maritime Law barratry
formal delinquency
rare disregardfulness, inadvertence, inadvertency, oscitation
1.1 Law Breach of a duty of care which results in damage.
Example sentences
  • The primary focus of those claims is in breach of duty and negligence, but I cannot agree that the defendant had a duty of care towards the claimant.
  • The pleading against the solicitor is in the alternative, in negligence for breach of duty of care and in equity for breach of fiduciary duty.
  • The action arises out of a claim by the Plaintiffs against their former solicitors for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin negligentia, from the verb negligere (variant of neglegere 'disregard, slight': see neglect).

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