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See also: négligence

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old French negligence, from Latin neglegentia.

NounEdit

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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NounEdit

negligence f (uncountable)

  1. negligence (state of being negligent)