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