Definition of negligible in US English:



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

    ‘sound could at last be recorded with incredible ease and at negligible cost’
    • ‘Publishing on the web costs a lot less than publishing on paper, although its costs are not negligible.’
    • ‘A modest or negligible rise in labor costs will not have a major effect on inflation, he said.’
    • ‘Any error introduced while measuring the width of strips a d is considered negligible.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the county council said only one sign was to be moved at a negligible cost.’
    • ‘I chose not to point out the negligible cost of such an economic crime to them, but continued to grovel for clemency.’
    • ‘Yet, against that self-image stands a record of slight, even negligible achievement.’
    • ‘Except for the negligible cost of printing the money, the central bank incurs no other cost in producing it.’
    • ‘Eventually the government award was appealed and reduced to a negligible amount.’
    • ‘Even more foolishly, I assumed that the cost of keeping track of guns would be negligible.’
    • ‘Telephone networks are digital, and the marginal cost of providing a call is negligible.’
    • ‘The proposed route would divert a negligible amount of traffic from the city.’
    • ‘The Licence Committee's view is that this could not be considered negligible.’
    • ‘The start-up costs of digital are much greater than film, but the incremental costs are negligible.’
    • ‘This is common sense really, but I have no doubt that the chances of it being adopted are negligible due to 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.’
    • ‘After a negligible amount of sleep, it was up at eight on the Saturday, for a long day of activities.’
    • ‘Any help or assistance is sufficient provided it is not so insignificant as to be negligible.’
    • ‘The amount of crime reported to us is negligible, although for anyone who suffers it's one crime too many.’
    • ‘I can give total online operations, and the cost of migration will 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
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Early 19th century: from obsolete French, from négliger ‘to neglect’.