Definition of negligent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈneɡləjənt/


Failing to take proper care in doing something: directors have been negligent in the performance of their duties
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.



Pronunciation: /ˈneɡləj(ə)ntlē/
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.


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin negligent- 'disregarding', from the verb negligere (variant of neglegere 'disregard, slight': see neglect).

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Syllabification: neg·li·gent

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