Definition of negligence in English:

negligence

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Failure to take proper care over something:

    ‘his injury was due to the negligence of his employers’
    • ‘I made a few gaffs due to my negligence, so hopefully you'll learn from my mistakes.’
    • ‘Employers must be held responsible for negligence over worker safety and be punished accordingly.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the firm would have been liable if the embryos had been destroyed due to their negligence, he said.’
    • ‘People hesitate to approach consumer courts either because of negligence or due to some inherent fear about the very idea of filing a case.’
    • ‘The blast took place due to the police negligence, sources said.’
    • ‘This means that any additional costs which are due to her negligence may be deducted from her bill.’
    • ‘The death or serious injury of a Soldier due to negligence or carelessness cannot be overlooked and can always be avoided.’
    • ‘The bus fell into the river due to negligence of the driver.’
    • ‘Death due to negligence occurred in one per cent of this group.’
    • ‘‘That is carelessness and negligence and all three of you need to look at your own systems,’ he said.’
    • ‘Any casualty due to their negligence must be put up for a PIL and proper compensation demanded.’
    • ‘If the tardiness is due to negligence and causes a loss of income, then you are entitled to recover some of the loss.’
    • ‘It is simply due to the greed of some, and negligence by others.’
    • ‘She had learned the hard way a long time ago that forgetfulness was considered negligence.’
    • ‘There are enough tragedies in our day-to-day lives without adding some due to our own personal negligence.’
    • ‘We cannot just say it was not negligence without a proper investigation.’
    • ‘Workers in these companies have complained of negligence by new owners and the failure to invest in safety.’
    • ‘Yes, this is due to my own negligence, but a helpful reminder from a travel agent would make all the difference.’
    • ‘Why should I suffer because of somebody's negligence, carelessness, stupidity or even a deliberate act on his or her part?’
    • ‘Yes, some errors are due to negligence by a doctor or a nurse.’
    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
    slackness, sloppiness
    contributory negligence
    culpa
    barratry
    delinquency
    disregardfulness, inadvertence, inadvertency, oscitation
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    1. 1.1Law Breach of a duty of care which results in damage.
      • ‘In this regard, liability results from negligence and breach of contract.’
      • ‘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 claim was for breach of statutory duty and negligence.’
      • ‘The action arises out of a claim by the Plaintiffs against their former solicitors for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

negligence

/ˈnɛɡlɪdʒ(ə)ns/