[ neg-li-juh-buh l ]
/ ˈnɛg lɪ dʒə bəl /


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 forms
Can be confusedneglectful negligible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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


/ (ˈnɛɡlɪdʒəbəl) /


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper