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contributory negligence

noun, Law.
1.
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
1870-1875
1870-75
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contributory negligence

noun
1.
(law) failure by an injured person to have taken proper precautions to prevent an accident
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