the quality, fact, or result of being negligent; neglect: negligence in discharging one's responsibilities.
an instance of being negligent: a downfall brought about by many negligences.
Law. the failure to exercise that degree of care that, in the circumstances, the law requires for the protection of other persons or those interests of other persons that may be injuriously affected by the want of such care.
Law. pertaining to or involving a civil action for compensation for damages filed by a person who claims to have suffered an injury or loss in an accident caused by another's negligence: a negligence suit; a large negligence award.

1300–50; Middle English, variant of necligence < Latin necligentia. See negligent, -ence

nonnegligence, noun
overnegligence, noun
prenegligence, noun
supernegligence, noun

1. See neglect. Unabridged
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negligence (ˈnɛɡlɪdʒəns)
1.  the state or quality of being negligent
2.  a negligent act
3.  law a civil wrong whereby a person or party is in breach of a legal duty of care to another which results in loss or injury to the claimant

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from L. neclegentia, neglegentia "carelessness, heedlessness," from neglegentem (nom. neglegens), prp. of neglegere "to neglect" (see neglect).
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Example sentences
If the car was inspected, which seems unlikely, someone is guilty of gross
I've seen the same negligence among supervisors toward their staff members.
Their lawsuits allege gross negligence and seek $10 million.
The financial consequence of this negligence is costly for already strained
  state budgets.
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