Negligence Definition

nĕglĭ-jəns
noun
The quality or condition of being negligent.
Webster's New World
An instance of such failure, carelessness, or indifference.
Webster's New World
Failure to use a reasonable amount of care when such failure results in injury or damage to another.
Webster's New World
An act or omission showing such lack of care.
American Heritage
The failure to use reasonable care, resulting in harm to another.
Webster's New World Law
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Extreme negligence, acts committed with utter disregard for the consequences, punishable by punitive damages.
Webster's New World Law
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.
Webster's New World Law
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.
Webster's New World Law
Negligence so substantial it is grounds for a criminal prosecution.
Webster's New World Law
The negligence of two or more parties contributing to the ultimate harm.
Webster's New World Law
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Other Word Forms of Negligence

Noun

Singular:
negligence
Plural:
negligences

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