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negligence

[neg-li-juh ns] /ˈnɛg lɪ dʒəns/
noun
1.
the quality, fact, or result of being negligent; neglect:
negligence in discharging one's responsibilities.
2.
an instance of being negligent:
a downfall brought about by many negligences.
3.
Law. the failure to exercise that degree of care that, in the circumstances, the law requires for the protection of other persons or those interests of other persons that may be injuriously affected by the want of such care.
adjective
4.
Law. pertaining to or involving a civil action for compensation for damages filed by a person who claims to have suffered an injury or loss in an accident caused by another's negligence:
a negligence suit; a large negligence award.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English, variant of necligence < Latin necligentia. See negligent, -ence
Related forms
nonnegligence, noun
overnegligence, noun
prenegligence, noun
supernegligence, noun
Synonyms
1. See neglect.
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British Dictionary definitions for over negligence

negligence

/ˈnɛɡlɪdʒəns/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being negligent
2.
a negligent act
3.
(law) a civil wrong whereby a person or party is in breach of a legal duty of care to another which results in loss or injury to the claimant
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Word Origin and History for over negligence

negligence

n.

mid-14c., from Old French negligence "negligence, sloth; injury, injustice" (12c.), and directly from Latin neclegentia, neglegentia "carelessness, heedlessness, neglect," from neglegentem (nominative neglegens) "heedless, careless, unconcerned," present participle of neglegere "to neglect" (see neglect (v.)).

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