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[neg-li-juh-buh l] /ˈnɛg lɪ dʒə bəl/
so small, trifling, or unimportant that it may safely be neglected or disregarded:
The extra expenses were negligible.
Origin of negligible
1820-30; < Latin neglig(ere) to neglect + -ible
Related forms
negligibility, negligibleness, noun
negligibly, adverb
nonnegligibility, noun
nonnegligible, adjective
nonnegligibleness, noun
nonnegligibly, adverb
quasi-negligible, adjective
quasi-negligibly, adverb
Can be confused
neglectful, negligible. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for negligible
  • There was a negligible speed difference.
  • The environmental effect of the past three annual lights-out hours has been negligible.
  • Even with all the turbines built so far, wind power is a negligible contributor to world power supply.
  • The climate models predict a range of temperature increases from negligible to catastrophic.
  • The plot is negligible, the structure tenuous.
  • The time that it takes to do this is, in my limited experience, negligible.
  • Add the middle initial, and the error rate drops to negligible amounts.
  • None of those moments, however seemingly negligible, should be underestimated.
  • Once they filtered out the less-reliable statistics, mortality deceleration went away or became negligible.
  • True, funds charge an expense ratio, but it is likely to be negligible by comparison.
British Dictionary definitions for negligible


so small, unimportant, etc, as to be not worth considering; insignificant
Derived Forms
negligibility, negligibleness, noun
negligibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for negligible

"capable of being neglected," 1819, from negligence + -ible. Related: Negligibly; negligibility.

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