V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. failing to do something required or expected; 2. characterized by carelessness or lack of concern

Synonyms: careless, heedless, neglectful, lax

Antonyms: careful, mindful, concerned

Tips: When somebody is negligent, he shows a lack of care of concern in his responsibilities. The related noun negligence refers to carelessness or irresponsible behavior. Under the law, negligence refers to a failure to provide care or to respond when someone has a duty to act (such as one imposed by a job).

Usage Examples:

Their baby was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and they are now suing the doctor for negligence during the delivery. (inattentiveness, carelessness) noun

Amy is often negligent of her responsibilities and other people have to pick up the slack for her. (neglectful)

Lifeguards and paramedics cannot afford negligence because inattention in those jobs can mean loss of life. (carelessness, neglect) noun

I had to fire my babysitter because she was so negligent, I was afraid one of the children would eventually get seriously hurt under her care, or lack thereof. (careless, heedless, lax)

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