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[ neg-li-juhnt ]


  1. guilty of or characterized by neglect, as of duty:

    negligent officials.

    Synonyms: neglectful

  2. lazily careless; offhand:

    a negligent wave of his manicured hand.


/ ˈnɛɡlɪdʒənt /


  1. habitually neglecting duties, responsibilities, etc; lacking attention, care, or concern; neglectful
  2. careless or nonchalant

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Derived Forms

  • ˈnegligently, adverb

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Other Words From

  • negli·gent·ly adverb
  • non·negli·gent adjective
  • non·negli·gent·ly adverb
  • over·negli·gent adjective
  • over·negli·gent·ly adverb
  • pre·negli·gent adjective
  • quasi-negli·gent adjective
  • super·negli·gent adjective
  • super·negli·gent·ly adverb
  • un·negli·gent adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of negligent1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, variant of necligent, from Latin necligent-, negligent-, stem of negligēns “disregarding,” present participle of negligere, variant of neglegere “to disregard, ignore, slight”; neglect

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Example Sentences

She is now charged with gross negligence, incompetence, repeated negligent acts and unprofessional conduct.

She is charged with gross negligence, incompetence, repeated negligent acts and unprofessional conduct.

Some teams have been negligent and sloppy about health protocols, and the NFL has grown less compassionate and more forceful in disciplining them.

“A lot is still vague about it, and it looks like the hospital may have been negligent as well,” says Dmitri Alperovitch, cofounder and executive chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, a nonprofit think tank focusing on national security.

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Now she’s agreed to three years of professional probation for a grossly negligent amount of vaccine exemptions, according to the state Medical Board.

Was it negligent for the police to fail to consider the two crimes in context?

But their action just proved another confounding piece of this negligent puzzle.

To buy that you would have to accept that Brooks was either negligent or incompetent.

It was a negligent accident that cost more than 30 lives, including a salvage diver who perished working on the wreck.

Requiring licenses and negligent discharge insurance would be part of common sense reform.

If there be no facilities for stopping for the night, a driver is not negligent should he proceed through the fog.

But he is not an insurer of the property; and therefore is not liable for loss by fire unless he has been negligent.

This rule does not prevent him from seeking relief when the agent of the insurer has been negligent.

His negligent lack of interest seemed to me to be an evident giving of his voice to the queen, if he was a part of this gathering.

"My name is Ivan Behrend," returned the stranger, without changing his negligent attitude.


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