See also: négligence



From Middle English necligence, negligence, from Old French negligence, from Latin neglegentia.


negligence (usually uncountable, plural negligences)

  1. The state of being negligent.
  2. (law, singular only) The tort whereby a duty of reasonable care was breached, causing damage: any conduct short of intentional or reckless action that falls below the legal standard for preventing unreasonable injury.
  3. (law, uncountable) The breach of a duty of care: the failure to exercise a standard of care that a reasonable person would have in a similar situation.

Usage notesEdit

  • The breach of a duty of care is one element of the tort of negligence, but is also called negligence; one must therefore take care to clarify what is meant.

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negligence f (uncountable)

  1. negligence (state of being negligent)