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negligible

[neg-li-juh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. so small, trifling, or unimportant that it may safely be neglected or disregarded: The extra expenses were negligible.
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Origin of negligible

1820–30; < Latin neglig(ere) to neglect + -ible
Related formsneg·li·gi·bil·i·ty, neg·li·gi·ble·ness, nounneg·li·gi·bly, adverbnon·neg·li·gi·bil·i·ty, nounnon·neg·li·gi·ble, adjectivenon·neg·li·gi·ble·ness, nounnon·neg·li·gi·bly, adverbqua·si-neg·li·gi·ble, adjectivequa·si-neg·li·gi·bly, adverb
Can be confusedneglectful negligible
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Related Words

basenessinconsequenceirrelevancenegligiblepaltrinesssmallnesssubordinationtrifletrivialityfrivolousnessshabbiness

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Historical Examples

  • We must do better than that if we are to get on the right side of negligibility.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, January 19, 1916

    Various


British Dictionary definitions for negligibility

negligible

adjective
  1. so small, unimportant, etc, as to be not worth considering; insignificant
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Derived Formsnegligibility or negligibleness, nounnegligibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for negligibility

negligible

adj.

"capable of being neglected," 1819, from negligence + -ible. Related: Negligibly; negligibility.

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