The definition of negligence is carelessness or not paying attention, causing someone or something to be at risk of being harmed.
An example of negligence is leaving a two year old child home alone by himself.
- the quality or condition of being negligent; specif.,
- habitual failure to do the required thing
- carelessness in manner or appearance; indifference
- an instance of such failure, carelessness, or indifference
- Law failure to use a reasonable amount of care when such failure results in injury or damage to another
Origin of negligenceMiddle English neglygence from Old French négligence from Classical Latin negligentia
- The state or quality of being negligent.
- A negligent act or a failure to act.
- Law a. Failure to use the degree of care appropriate to the circumstances, resulting in an unintended injury to another.b. An act or omission showing such lack of care.
(usually uncountable, plural negligences)
- The state of being negligent.
- (law, singular only) The tort whereby a duty of reasonable care was breached, causing damage: any conduct short of intentional or reckless action that falls below the legal standard for preventing unreasonable injury.
- (law, uncountable) The breach of a duty of care: the failure to exercise a standard of care that a reasonable person would have in a similar situation.
- The breach of a duty of care is one element of the tort of negligence, but is also called negligence; one must therefore take care to clarify what is meant.
negligence - Legal Definition
The failure to use reasonable care, resulting in harm to another.comparative negligence
The plaintiff’s own negligent acts that bring about a pro rata reduction of the damages owed by the defendant, depending on the degree of the plaintiff’s own negligence; compare contributory negligence.concurrent negligence
The negligence of two or more parties contributing to the ultimate harm.contributory negligence
Any degree of negligence on the part of a plaintiff, which results in a total bar to recovery by the plaintiff, even if the defendant was negligent as well. States are either “comparative” or “contributory” negligence jurisdictions.criminal negligence
Negligence so substantial it is grounds for a criminal prosecution.culpable negligence
Negligent actions committed with a disregard of the consequences.gross negligence
Extreme negligence, acts committed with utter disregard for the consequences, punishable by punitive damages.negligence per se
Negligence as to which there is no disputed fact issue and that may therefore be determined by the court without recourse to a jury.