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negligence at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


negligence at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1340, from L. neclegentia, neglegentia "carelessness, heedlessness," from neglegentem (nom. neglegens), prp. of neglegere "to neglect." ///

negligence at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U] failure to take enough care over something that you are responsible for// --negligence in carrying out safety procedures// --The bridge's architect was sued for criminal negligence.//

négligence at French => English Of Explained:


negligence at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

In law, failure to exercise the degree of care expected of a person of ordinary prudence in protecting others from a risk of harm. It may render one civilly and sometimes criminally liable for resulting injuries. The doctrine of negligence does not require the elimination of all risk, but rather only foreseeable and unreasonable risk. Thus a higher standard applies to explosives manufacturers than to manufacturers of kitchen matches. The plaintiff must ordinarily prove the defendant's negligence with a preponderance of evidence. See also contributory negligence.

negligence at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

170 Moby Thesaurus words for "negligence":
absentmindedness, accidia, acedia, allowance, apathy,
approximation, ataraxia, ataraxy, bad policy, blowziness,
carelessness, casualness, chintziness, culpa, culpable negligence,
default, delinquency, dereliction, detachment, deviation,
disconformity, disinterest, dispassion, disregard,
disregardfulness, distraction, dowdiness, easiness, easygoingness,
failing, failure, fecklessness, flightiness, flippancy,
forgetfulness, frivolousness, frowziness, frumpishness, giddiness,
grubbiness, hastiness, heedlessness, impolicy, impotence,
imprecision, improvidence, inaccuracy, inaccurateness,
inadvertence, inadvertency, inattention, inattentiveness,
inconsideration, incorrectness, incuriosity, indifference,
indiscrimination, inexactitude, inexactness, inexcitability,
inexpedience, inexpediency, inobservance, insouciance, laches,
lack of affect, lackadaisicalness, laissez-faire, lapse,
lax stewardship, laxity, laxness, leniency, levity,
lightmindedness, listlessness, looseness, loosening,
maladministration, malfeasance, malpractice, messiness,
mindlessness, misadministration, misconduct, misdirection,
misfeasance, misgovernment, misguidance, mishandling,
mismanagement, misrule, neglect, neglectfulness, nonadherence,
nonchalance, noncompliance, nonconformance, nonconformity,
nonfeasance, nonfulfillment, noninterference, nonobservance,
nonperformance, nonrestriction, obliviousness, omission, oscitancy,
overindulgence, overlooking, overpermissiveness, oversight,
permissiveness, pococurantism, poor husbandry, poor stewardship,
predictable error, probable error, procrastination, recklessness,
regardlessness, relaxation, relaxedness, remissness, seediness,
shabbiness, shallowness, shiftlessness, shoddiness, slackness,
slatternliness, slight, slipshodness, sloppiness, sloth,
slovenliness, slovenry, sluttishness, softness, sordidness,
squalidness, squalor, standard deviation, superficiality,
tackiness, tawdriness, thoughtlessness, thriftlessness, tolerance,
unalertness, unanxiousness, unawareness, unconcern,
unconsciousness, uncorrectness, unfactualness, unheedfulness,
unintentiveness, unmindfulness, unneatness, unobservance,
unpreciseness, unrestraint, unrigorousness, unsolicitousness,
untidiness, unwariness, unwatchfulness, weakness, wrongdoing

négligence at French => English Of Explained:

négligence [negliʒãs]
carelessness, negligence, remissness

negligence at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Neglect): neglect, carelessness, trifling, negligence, omission, oversight, default, inactivity, inattention, nonchalance, insensibility, imprudence, recklessness, slovenliness, sloppiness, disorder, inexactness.

negligence at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

[U] (formal or law) the failure to give sb/sth enough care or attention:
The accident was caused by negligence on the part of the driver. * The doctor was sued for medical negligence.

NEGLIGENCE at English => English (Bouviers Law) Of Explained:

NEGLIGENCE, contracts, torts. When considered in relation, to contracts,
negligence may be divided into various degrees, namely, ordinary, less than
ordinary, more than ordinary. 1 Miles' Rep. 40.
2. Ordinary negligence is the want of ordinary diligence; slight or
less than ordinary negligence, is, the want of great diligence; and gross
or more than ordinary negligence, is the want of slight diligence.
3. Three great principles of responsibility, seem naturally to follow
this division.
4.-1. In those contracts which are made for the sole benefit of the
creditor, the debtor is responsible only for gross negligence, good faith
alone being required of him; as in tile case of a depositary, who is a
bailee without reward; Story, Bailm. 62; Dane's Ab. c. 17, a, 2; 14 Serg. &
Rawle, 275; but to this general rule, Pothier makes two exceptions. The
first, in relation to the contract of a mandate, and the second, to the
quasi contract negotiorum gestorum; in these cases, he says, the party
undertaking to perform these engagements, is bound to use necessary care.
Observation Generale, printed at the end of the Traite des Obligations.
5.-2. In those contracts which are for the reciprocal benefit of both
parties, such as those of sale, of hiring, of pledge, and the like, the
party is bound to take, for the object of the contract, that care which a
prudent man ordinarily takes of his affairs, and he will therefore be held
responsible for ordinary neglect. Jones' Bailment, 10, 119; 2 Lord Raym.
909; Story, Bailm. Sec. 23; Pothier, Obs. Gener. ubi supra.
6.-3. In those contracts made for the sole interest of the party who
has received, and is to return the thing which is the object of the
contract, such, for example, as loan for use, or commodatum, the slightest
negligence will make him responsible. Jones' Bailm. 64, 65; Story's Bailm.
Sec. 237; Pothier, Obs. Gen. ubi supra.
7. In general, a party who has caused an injury or loss to another in
consequence of his negligence, is responsible for all the consequence. Hob.
134; 3 Wils. 126; 1 Chit. TI. 129, 130; 2 Hen. & Munf. 423; 1 Str. 596; 3
East, R. 596. An example of this kind may be found in the case of a person
who drives his carriage during a dark night on the wrong side of the road,
by which he commits an injury to another. 3 East, R. 593; 1 Campb. R. 497; 2
Cam b. 466; 2 New Rep. 119. Vide Gale and Whatley on Easements, Index, h.t.;
6 T. R. 659; 1 East, R. 106; 4 B. & A; 590; S. C. 6 E. C. L. R. 628; 1
Taunt. 568; 2 Stark. R. 272; 2 Bing. R. 170; 5 Esp. R. 35, 263; 5 B. & C.
550. Whether the incautious conduct of the plaintiff will excuse the
negligence of the defendant, see 1 Q. B. 29; 4 P. & D. 642; 3 M. Lyr. & Sc.
9; Fault.
8. When the law imposes a duty on an officer, whether it be by common
law or statute, and he neglects to perform it, he may be indicted for such
neglect; 1 Salk. R. 380; 6 Mod, R. 96; and in some cases such neglect will
amount to a forfeiture of the office. 4 Bl. Com. 140. See Bouv. Inst. Index,

Negligence at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Negligence \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.

negligence at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person
would exercise under the same circumstances [syn: {carelessness},
{neglect}, {nonperformance}]
2: the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern
[syn: {neglect}, {neglectfulness}]

negligence at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » négligence



Inter: en-noun » -|s
  • The state of being negligent.
    1. Inter: 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.
    2. Inter: legal » uncountable 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.

      Usage notes

      * The breach of a duty of care is one element of the tort of negligence, but is also called Inter: term » |negligence; one must therefore take care to clarify what is meant.


      Inter: trans-top » failure to exercise a standard of care (law)

  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|negligència|f
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|過失|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|过失|tr=guòshī|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|疏忽|tr=shūhu|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|失職|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|失职|tr=shīzhí|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|nedbalost|f
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|nalatigheid|f, Inter: t+ » nl|achteloosheid|f
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|huolimattomuus (general carelessness), heitteillejättö (neglect of a person)
  • French: Inter: t- » fr|négligence coupable|f
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Fahrlässigkeit|f
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|αβλεψία|f|tr=avlepsía

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Interlingua: Inter: t- » ia|negligentia
    • Italian: Inter: t- » it|negligenza|f
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|過失|tr=かしつ, kashitsu|sc=Jpan, Inter: t- » ja|疎か|tr=おろそか, orosoka|sc=Jpan
    • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|과실|tr=gwasil|sc=Kore (Inter: t+ » ko|過失|sc=Kore), Inter: t+ » ko|소홀|tr=sohol|sc=Kore (Inter: t+ » ko|疏忽|sc=Kore)
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|negligência|f
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|neglijență, Inter: t- » ro|delăsare
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|халатность|f|tr=xalátnost'|sc=Cyrl
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|negligencia|f
    • Telugu: Inter: t- » te|నిర్లక్ష్యం|tr=nirlakshyam
    • Vietnamese: Inter: t+ » vi|cẩu thả|alt=tính cẩu thả

    Inter: trans-botto » m

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    Inter: frm-noun » f|-
  • Inter: l » en|negligence Inter: gloss » state of being negligent

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    Translation: cs » negligence
    Translation: et » negligence
    Translation: el » negligence
    Translation: eo » negligence
    Translation: fr » negligence
    Translation: ko » negligence
    Translation: io » negligence
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    Translation: hu » negligence
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    Translation: ml » negligence
    Translation: my » negligence
    Translation: nl » negligence
    Translation: pl » negligence
    Translation: ro » negligence
    Translation: ta » negligence
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    Translation: vi » negligence
    Translation: zh » negligence

    négligence at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » negligence



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    Inter: fr-noun » f|sort=negligence
  • negligence; carelessness

  • Translation: de » négligence
    Translation: el » négligence
    Translation: fr » négligence
    Translation: ko » négligence
    Translation: io » négligence
    Translation: hu » négligence
    Translation: mg » négligence
    Translation: nl » négligence
    Translation: pl » négligence
    Translation: fi » négligence
    Translation: vi » négligence