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Pronunciation:  'neglijuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances
  2. [n]  the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern

NEGLIGENCE is a 10 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: carelessness, neglect, neglect, neglectfulness, nonperformance
 See Also: carelessness, comparative negligence, concurrent negligence, contributory negligence, criminal negligence, culpable negligence, delinquency, dereliction, dereliction, dodging, escape, evasion, laxity, laxness, neglect of duty, nonaccomplishment, nonachievement, remissness, willful neglect



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Neg"li*gence\, n. [F. n['e]gligence, L.
The quality or state of being negligent; lack of due
diligence or care; omission of duty; habitual neglect;

2. An act or instance of negligence or carelessness.

         remarking his beauties, . . . I must also point out
         his negligences and defects.          --Blair.

3. (Law) 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 under {Contributory}.

Syn: Neglect; inattention; heedlessness; disregard; slight.

Usage: {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.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: This is a medicolegal term. To prove negligence against a health care provider, the following must be established:
  1. the appropriate standard of care
  2. that the defendant's care deviated from the standard of care
  3. that the deviation from the standard of care was the proximate cause of the patient's injury (causation)
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: Failure to use care which a reasonable and prudent person would use under similar circumstances.
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