Meaning of “negligent” in the English Dictionary

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

"negligent" in American English

See all translations


us /ˈneɡ·lɪ·dʒənt/

failing to be careful enough or to give enough attention to your responsibilities, esp. when this results in harm or loss to others

noun [ U ] us /ˈneɡ·lə·dʒəns/

She charged her landlord with negligence for not repairing leaks that ruined her rugs.

(Definition of “negligent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"negligent" in Business English

See all translations


uk /ˈneɡlɪdʒənt/ us LAW

not giving enough care or attention to someone or something that you are responsible for:

It was necessary to prove that the manager had been negligent.
be negligent in (doing) sth The court ruled that the company was negligent in manufacturing, selling, and testing its product.
criminally/grossly negligent

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