Negligence meaning

nĕglĭ-jəns
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.

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A negligent act or a failure to act.
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The state or quality of being negligent.
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(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.
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The quality or condition of being negligent.
  • Habitual failure to do the required thing.
  • Carelessness in manner or appearance; indifference.
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An instance of such failure, carelessness, or indifference.
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Failure to use a reasonable amount of care when such failure results in injury or damage to another.
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The failure to use reasonable care, resulting in harm to another.
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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.
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The negligence of two or more parties contributing to the ultimate harm.
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Negligence so substantial it is grounds for a criminal prosecution.
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Negligent actions committed with a disregard of the consequences.
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Extreme negligence, acts committed with utter disregard for the consequences, punishable by punitive damages.
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Negligence as to which there is no disputed fact issue and that may therefore be determined by the court without recourse to a jury.
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The state of being negligent.
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(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.
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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.
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