negligent

[ neg-li-juhnt ]
/ ˈnɛg lɪ dʒənt /
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adjective

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

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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

negligent
/ (ˈnɛɡlɪdʒənt) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of negligent

negligently, adverb
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