- guilty of or characterized by neglect, as of duty: negligent officials.
- lazily careless; offhand: a negligent wave of his manicured hand.
Origin of negligent
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Examples from the Web for negligent
Was it negligent for the police to fail to consider the two crimes in context?The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
But their action just proved another confounding piece of this negligent puzzle.Westgate's Chilling Security Video Reveals Shopping Mall Bloodbath
September 15, 2014
It was a negligent accident that cost more than 30 lives, including a salvage diver who perished working on the wreck.The Racism of Disaster Coverage
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 25, 2014
Requiring licenses and negligent discharge insurance would be part of common sense reform.A Former Navy Firearms Instructor and Proud Gun Owner On Why We Need Common Sense Gun Control
May 14, 2014
AEG was found not liable—not negligent in the death of Michael Jackson.Sorry, Mrs. Jackson: How the King of Pop’s Mother Lost Her Billion-Dollar Lawsuit
October 3, 2013
At this season of the year the vintagers are joyous and negligent.
To return again to the lying, dishonest, and negligent servant.The Romance of the Soul
He looked up and down the street, assuming a negligent attitude.The Trimming of Goosie
She appeard there all negligent and careless in her Dress, but yet she appeard all beautiful and charming.The Works of Aphra Behn
He was horrified to realize how heartless and negligent he had been.In a Little Town
- habitually neglecting duties, responsibilities, etc; lacking attention, care, or concern; neglectful
- careless or nonchalant
Word Origin and History for negligent
late 14c., from Old French negligent "careless, negligent" (13c.) or directly from Latin negligentem "heedless, careless, unconcerned" (see negligence). Related: Negligently.