The definition of negligent is a careless person, or always failing to do the right thing.
An example of negligent is someone writing their ATM pin number on their bank card.
- habitually failing to do the required thing; neglectful
- careless, lax, inattentive, or indifferent
Origin of negligentMiddle English from Old French négligent from Classical Latin negligens, present participle of negligere: see neglect
- Given to or characterized by neglect, especially habitual neglect: The negligent worker missed another deadline.
- Law Acting with or done through negligence.
Origin of negligentMiddle English from Old French from Latin neglegēns neglegent- present participle of neglegere to neglect ; see neglect .
negligent derelict lax neglectful remiss slack 1
These adjectives mean guilty of a lack of due care or concern: an accident caused by a negligent driver; was derelict in his civic responsibilities; lax in attending classes; neglectful of her own financial security; remiss of you not to pay your bill; slack in maintaining discipline.
(comparative more negligent, superlative most negligent)