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contributory negligence

noun [U] uk   UK specialized us  
a judgment in court that a person who has been hurt in an accident was partly responsible for their own injuries because they failed to act in a way that could have prevented the accident or the injuriesBlaming and accusingCourt cases, orders and decisions
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