Contributory negligence. See under Contributory.

Syn. — 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.

(Neg"li*gent) a. [F. négligent, L. negligens,p. pr. of negligere. See Neglect.] Apt to neglect; customarily neglectful; characterized by negligence; careless; heedless; culpably careless; showing lack of attention; as, disposed in negligent order. "Be thou negligent of fame." Swift.

He that thinks he can afford to be negligent is not far from being poor.

Syn. — Careles; heedless; neglectful; regardless; thoughtless; indifferent; inattentive; remiss.

(Neg"li*gent*ly) adv. In a negligent manner.

(Neg"li*gi*ble) a. [Cf. F. négligible, négligeable.] That may neglected, disregarded, or left out of consideration.

Within very negligible limits of error.
Sir J. Herschel.

(Ne*goce") n. [F. négoce. See Negotiate.] Business; occupation. [Obs.] Bentley.

(Ne*go`ti*a*bil"i*ty) n. [Cf. F. négociabilité.] The quality of being negotiable or transferable by indorsement.

(Neg*lect"er) n. One who neglects. South.

(Neg*lect"ful) a. Full of neglect; heedless; careless; negligent; inattentive; indifferent. Pope.

A cold and neglectful countenance.

Though the Romans had no great genius for trade, yet they were not entirely neglectful of it.

Neg*lect"ful*ly, adv.Neg*lect"ful*ness, n.

(Neg*lect"ing*ly), adv. Carelessly; heedlessly. Shak.

(Neg*lec"tion) n. [L. neglectio.] The state of being negligent; negligence. [Obs.] Shak.

(Neg*lect"ive) a. Neglectful. [R.] "Neglective of their own children." Fuller.

(Neg`li*gee") n. [F. négligé, fr. négliger to neglect, L. negligere. See Neglect.] An easy, unceremonious attire; undress; also, a kind of easy robe or dressing gown worn by women.

(Neg"li*gence) n. [F. négligence, L. negligentia.] 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.

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.

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