[ neg-li-juhnt ]
/ ˈnɛg lɪ dʒənt /


guilty of or characterized by neglect, as of duty: negligent officials.
lazily careless; offhand: a negligent wave of his manicured hand.

Nearby words

  1. neglectful,
  2. neglectfully,
  3. neglection,
  4. negligee,
  5. negligence,
  6. negligently,
  7. negligible,
  8. negotiable,
  9. negotiable instrument,
  10. negotiant

Origin of negligent

1350–1400; Middle English, variant of necligent < Latin negligent-, necligent-, stem of negligēns, present participle of negligere, variant of neglegere to neglect; see -ent

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British Dictionary definitions for negligent


/ (ˈnɛɡlɪdʒənt) /


habitually neglecting duties, responsibilities, etc; lacking attention, care, or concern; neglectful
careless or nonchalant
Derived Formsnegligently, adverb

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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.

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