Definition of negligible in English:



  • So small or unimportant as to be not worth considering; insignificant.

    ‘he said that the risks were negligible’
    • ‘Telephone networks are digital, and the marginal cost of providing a call is negligible.’
    • ‘Any error introduced while measuring the width of strips a d is considered negligible.’
    • ‘A modest or negligible rise in labor costs will not have a major effect on inflation, he said.’
    • ‘Any help or assistance is sufficient provided it is not so insignificant as to be negligible.’
    • ‘This is common sense really, but I have no doubt that the chances of it being adopted are negligible due to cost.’
    • ‘Yet, against that self-image stands a record of slight, even negligible achievement.’
    • ‘The Licence Committee's view is that this could not be considered negligible.’
    • ‘I chose not to point out the negligible cost of such an economic crime to them, but continued to grovel for clemency.’
    • ‘Eventually the government award was appealed and reduced to a negligible amount.’
    • ‘The proposed route would divert a negligible amount of traffic from the city.’
    • ‘Publishing on the web costs a lot less than publishing on paper, although its costs are not negligible.’
    • ‘Except for the negligible cost of printing the money, the central bank incurs no other cost in producing it.’
    • ‘The start-up costs of digital are much greater than film, but the incremental costs are negligible.’
    • ‘The amount of crime reported to us is negligible, although for anyone who suffers it's one crime too many.’
    • ‘After a negligible amount of sleep, it was up at eight on the Saturday, for a long day of activities.’
    • ‘I can give total online operations, and the cost of migration will be negligible.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the county council said only one sign was to be moved at a negligible cost.’
    • ‘Instead, it allocates a negligible amount for the maintenance and upkeep of the zoos.’
    • ‘Some consider this of negligible importance, but sound evidence exists to the contrary.’
    • ‘Even more foolishly, I assumed that the cost of keeping track of guns would be negligible.’
    unimportant, of minor importance, of no importance, of little importance, of little import, trivial, trifling, footling, inconsequential, of little consequence, of no consequence, of no account, of no moment, inconsiderable, not worth mentioning, not worth speaking of, nugatory, meagre, paltry, scanty, petty, insubstantial, unsubstantial, flimsy, frivolous, pointless, worthless, irrelevant, immaterial, peripheral, extraneous, non-essential
    trivial, trifling, insignificant, unimportant, minor, of no account, of no consequence, of no importance, not worth bothering about, not worth mentioning, inconsequential, minimal, small, slight, tiny, minute, inappreciable, imperceptible, infinitesimal, nugatory, petty
    View synonyms


Early 19th century: from obsolete French, from négliger ‘to neglect’.