Definition of Negligence

1. Noun. Failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances.

2. Noun. The trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern.

Definition of Negligence

1. n. The quality or state of being negligent; lack of due diligence or care; omission of duty; habitual neglect; heedlessness.

Definition of Negligence

1. Noun. The state of being negligent ¹

2. Noun. (legal) (singulare tantum) 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. ¹

3. Noun. (legal) 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. ¹

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Definition of Negligence

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Medical Definition of Negligence

1. The quality or state of being negligent; lack of due diligence or care; omission of duty; habitual neglect; heedlessness. 2. An act or instance of negligence or carelessness. "remarking his beauties, . I must also point out his negligences and defects." (Blair) 3. The omission of the care usual under the circumstances, being convertible with the Roman culpa. A specialist is bound to higher skill and diligence in his specialty than one who is not a specialist, and liability for negligence varies acordingly. Contributory negligence. See Contributory. Synonym: Neglect, inattention, heedlessness, disregard, slight. Negligence, Neglect. These two words are freely interchanged in our older writers; but a distinction has gradually sprung up between them. As now generally used, negligence is the habit, and neglect the act, of leaving things undone or unattended to. We are negligent as a general trait of character; we are guilty of neglect in particular cases, or in reference to individuals who had a right to our attentions. Origin: F. Negligence, L. Negligentia. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Negligence

negligence (current term)
negligent entrustment
negligible set

Literary usage of Negligence

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"that contributory negligence would not avail as a defense. This question again arose on a count In the Daniel Case, supra, and also In the Griffith Case, ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1889)
"The negligence alleged consists in the fact that, after the men had lifted ... The fact that McCormick hurried the men does not show nny negligence on bis ..."

3. Hand-book of the Law of Torts by Edwin Ames Jaggard (1895)
"A cause of action for negligence cannot be made out •without proof of damage of the kind ... The distinct common-law remedy for negligence was case. ..."

4. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1920)
"290), as to which the trial court had given no instruction, applied and relieved the plaintiff of the burden of establishing negligence. 115 Miss. ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by United States Supreme Court, Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1911)
"in a given case, relieve a party from the imputation of gross negligence, ... If the law furnishes no definition of the terms gross negligence, ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"But apart from any special agreement, it may be broadly stated that a master is liable to his servants only for injuries caused by his own negligence. ..."

7. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by David Shephard Garland, John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie (1888)
"negligence of the Defendant — There can be no contributory negligence on the part of a plaintiff, except in cases where there has been negligence upon the ..."

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