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[neg-li-juh nt] /ˈnɛg lɪ dʒənt/
guilty of or characterized by neglect, as of duty:
negligent officials.
lazily careless; offhand:
a negligent wave of his manicured hand.
Origin of negligent
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
1. neglectful. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for negligently
Historical Examples
  • Her body was negligently thrown into a common chest of elm-tree, made to hold arrows, and was buried in the Tower.

  • He may run a man down in the street, but he is not liable for that unless he does it negligently.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • "I wanted to please you," dropped Mrs. Travers, negligently.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • negligently, Merely returned the salute, then picked up Bond's report.

    Final Weapon Everett B. Cole
  • Make an act of contrition for having served Him so negligently.

  • Schell, negligently, lost our purse, in which were nine florins.

  • "The best thing for some of us would be to die at the oar," Captain Whalley said negligently.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • “An hour or more,” answered the other negligently, and took a pull at the dark beer.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • I have not failed wilfully or negligently in any one point, I assure you!

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • "With your permission," he said negligently; and drew the girl aside to the angle of the stairway.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for negligently


habitually neglecting duties, responsibilities, etc; lacking attention, care, or concern; neglectful
careless or nonchalant
Derived Forms
negligently, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for negligently



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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