guilty of or characterized by neglect, as of duty: negligent officials.
lazily careless; offhand: a negligent wave of his manicured hand.
Origin of negligent
1350–1400; Middle English,Related formsneg·li·gent·ly, adverbnon·neg·li·gent, adjectivenon·neg·li·gent·ly, adverbo·ver·neg·li·gent, adjectiveo·ver·neg·li·gent·ly, adverbpre·neg·li·gent, adjectivequa·si-neg·li·gent, adjectivesu·per·neg·li·gent, adjectivesu·per·neg·li·gent·ly, adverbun·neg·li·gent, adjective
variant of necligent
< Latin negligent-, necligent-,
stem of negligēns,
present participle of negligere,
variant of neglegere
; see -ent
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Examples from the Web for negligently
Historical Examples of negligently
“An hour or more,” answered the other negligently, and took a pull at the dark beer.
"With your permission," he said negligently; and drew the girl aside to the angle of the stairway.
"Well, if you like to call her so," returned Doro, negligently.
"Your sister and I have always hit it off," he said negligently.
"The best thing for some of us would be to die at the oar," Captain Whalley said negligently.
British Dictionary definitions for negligently
Derived Formsnegligently, adverb
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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