[neg-li-juh-buh l]


so small, trifling, or unimportant that it may safely be neglected or disregarded: The extra expenses were negligible.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for negligibly

Historical Examples of negligibly

  • And the relationship between himself and her, though the evidence was so negligibly slight as yet, he knew had definitely changed.

    The Wave

    Algernon Blackwood

British Dictionary definitions for negligibly



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



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

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