Etymology
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negligence (n.)

"heedless disregard of duty, inactivity, indifference, habit of omitting to do things which ought to be done," mid-14c., necligence, from Old French negligence "negligence, sloth; injury, injustice" (12c.), and directly from Latin neclegentia, neglegentia "carelessness, heedlessness, neglect," from neglegentem (nominative neglegens) "heedless, careless, unconcerned," present participle of neglegere "to neglect" (see neglect (v.)).

updated on May 16, 2019

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Definitions of negligence from WordNet

negligence (n.)
failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances;
Synonyms: carelessness / neglect / nonperformance
negligence (n.)
the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern;
Synonyms: neglect / neglectfulness
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