Meaning of “contributory negligence” in the English Dictionary

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"contributory negligence" in British English

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contributory negligencenoun [ U ]

uk /kənˌtrɪb.jʊ.tər.i ˈneɡ.lɪ.dʒəns/ us /kənˌtrɪb.jə.tɔːr.i ˈneɡ.lɪ.dʒəns/ UK specialized

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  • It has to be proved that actual injury has been sustained by the complainant before an action for damages can be commenced, and that the plaintiff was free from all contributory negligence. 

(Definition of “contributory negligence” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"contributory negligence" in Business English

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contributory negligencenoun [ U ]

uk us LAW

a situation in which someone has part of the responsibility for their own injuries or loss because they were careless and did not prevent an accident or problem from happening:

His damages were reduced for contributory negligence in failing to wear a seat belt.

(Definition of “contributory negligence” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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