- 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 negligently
“An hour or more,” answered the other negligently, and took a pull at the dark beer.The Secret Agent
"With your permission," he said negligently; and drew the girl aside to the angle of the stairway.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
"Well, if you like to call her so," returned Doro, negligently.A Spirit in Prison
"Your sister and I have always hit it off," he said negligently.Howards End
E. M. Forster
"The best thing for some of us would be to die at the oar," Captain Whalley said negligently.End of the Tether
- habitually neglecting duties, responsibilities, etc; lacking attention, care, or concern; neglectful
- careless or nonchalant
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Word Origin and History for negligently
late 14c., from Old French negligent "careless, negligent" (13c.) or directly from Latin negligentem "heedless, careless, unconcerned" (see negligence). Related: Negligently.
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