Definition of negligence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

negligence

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈneɡlɪdʒəns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈneɡlɪdʒəns//
 
[uncountable](law or formal)
 
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the failure to give somebody/something enough care or attention The accident was caused by negligence on the part of the driver. The doctor was sued for medical negligence. Word Origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin negligentia, from the verb negligere (variant of neglegere ‘disregard, slight’, from neg- ‘not’ + legere ‘choose, pick up’).Extra examples The accident was the result of negligence on the part of the driver. The court made a finding of contributory negligence. The lawyer was accused of professional negligence. The plaintiff was guilty of contributory negligence for failing to wear a crash helmet. damage to company property through negligence death arising from negligence negligence in navigation
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