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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 negligibly
  • Another reason which always applies, even when the light source is negligibly small, is that light is diffracted around edges.
  • The bill would negligibly reduce local unit expenses in any local unit that currently pays the affected bounties.
  • Less dense than water and only negligibly soluble in water.
  • Slightly denser than water and negligibly soluble in water.
British Dictionary definitions for negligibly


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 negligibly



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

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