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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
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  • As a dramatist Voltaire is negligible for the very reasons that made him so successful in his own day.

    Landmarks in French Literature G. Lytton Strachey
  • Thus manifestly a negligible factor, it is also one tending to extinction.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • England under Charles II was untrustworthy and vacillating, almost a negligible quantity.

    History of Holland George Edmundson
  • Duncan's hand airily wafted the remark into the limbo of the negligible.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • He struggled not quite successfully to be facetious over the pretty, negligible activities of his wife's sex.

    The Sturdy Oak Samuel Merwin, et al.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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