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negligent

Line breaks: neg|li¦gent
Pronunciation: /ˈnɛɡlɪdʒənt
 
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Definition of negligent in English:

adjective

Failing to take proper care over something: the council had been negligent in its supervision of the children in care
More example sentences
  • They would still be liable at common law for negligent installation or maintenance.
  • It is difficult for the claimant to say that the defendant was negligent in not seeing him, if he had not seen the defendant.
  • The judge held that the defendants were negligent and in breach of statutory duty and the claim was not statute barred.
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negligently

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adverb
Example sentences
  • The defendants negligently told the plaintiffs that X was much wealthier than in fact he was.
  • Driving is a lawful act which becomes unlawful when performed negligently.
  • Your Honour, a professional giving evidence in a court of law and who gives evidence which is negligently given, is not subject to a remedy.

Words that rhyme with negligent

indigentintelligent

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