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negligent

[neg-li-juh nt] /ˈnɛg lɪ dʒənt/
adjective
1.
guilty of or characterized by neglect, as of duty:
negligent officials.
2.
lazily careless; offhand:
a negligent wave of his manicured hand.
Origin of negligent
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English, variant of necligent < Latin negligent-, necligent-, stem of negligēns, present participle of negligere, variant of neglegere to neglect; see -ent
Related forms
negligently, adverb
nonnegligent, adjective
nonnegligently, adverb
overnegligent, adjective
overnegligently, adverb
prenegligent, adjective
quasi-negligent, adjective
supernegligent, adjective
supernegligently, adverb
unnegligent, adjective
Synonyms
1. neglectful.
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negligent

/ˈnɛɡlɪdʒənt/
adjective
1.
habitually neglecting duties, responsibilities, etc; lacking attention, care, or concern; neglectful
2.
careless or nonchalant
Derived Forms
negligently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for negligent
adj.

late 14c., from Old French negligent "careless, negligent" (13c.) or directly from Latin negligentem "heedless, careless, unconcerned" (see negligence). Related: Negligently.

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