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contributory negligence

noun, Law.
negligence on the part of an injured party that combines with the negligence of another in causing the injury, sometimes so as to diminish or bar the recovery of damages for the injury.
Origin of contributory negligence
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • All this was in as perfect accordance with law as our fellow-servant or contributory-negligence doctrines.

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contributory negligence

(law) failure by an injured person to have taken proper precautions to prevent an accident
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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