adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin neglegent-, neglegens, present participle of neglegere Date: 14th century 1. a. marked by or given to neglect especially habitually or culpably b. failing to exercise the care expected of a reasonably prudent person in like circumstances 2. marked by a carelessly easy manner • negligently adverb Synonyms: negligent, neglectful, lax, slack, remiss mean culpably careless or indicative of such carelessness. negligent implies inattention to one's duty or business <
negligent about writing a note of thanks
. neglectful adds a more disapproving implication of laziness or deliberate inattention <
a society callously neglectful of the poor
. lax implies a blameworthy lack of strictness, severity, or precision <
a reporter lax about accurate quotation
. slack implies want of due or necessary diligence or care <
slack workmanship and slipshod construction
. remiss implies blameworthy carelessness shown in slackness, forgetfulness, or neglect <
had been remiss in their familial duties

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • negligent — neg·li·gent / ne gli jənt/ adj: marked by, given to, or produced by negligence a negligent act the defendant was negligent neg·li·gent·ly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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