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

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 injuries

(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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