Definition of negligent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈneɡlɪdʒənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈneɡlɪdʒənt//
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  1. 1(law or formal) failing to give somebody/something enough care or attention, especially when this has serious results The school had been negligent in not informing the child's parents about the incident. grossly negligent The hospital was negligent in the way it cared for this young man.
  2. 2(literary) (of a person or their manner) relaxed; not formal or awkward synonym nonchalant He waved his hand in a negligent gesture. her negligent grace
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin negligent- ‘disregarding’, from the verb negligere (variant of neglegere ‘disregard, slight’, from neg- ‘not’ + legere ‘choose, pick up’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: negligent