What does "negligence" mean?


Negligence is the failure to take care of a responsibility or the failure to exercise proper care and safety when performing a specific task. For example, not watering a house plant for weeks when it is up to you to do so and allowing it to die would be negligence.

The law has gone even further when defining negligence. Criminal negligence is a failure to reasonably foresee circumstances that lead to an injury or loss. Gross negligence is serious carelessness while in the act of doing something. Professional negligence covers situations such as medical malpractice when a professional fails to meet the accepted legal standards of practice.

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the quality, fact, or result of being negligent; neglect: negligence in discharging one's responsibilities.
an instance of being negligent: a downfall brought about by many negligences.
Law. the failure to exercise that degree of care that, in the circumstances, the law requires for the protection of other persons or those interests of other persons that may be injuriously affected by the want of such care.
Law. pertaining to or involving a civil action for compensation for damages filed by a person who claims to have suffered an injury or loss in an accident caused by another's negligence: a negligence suit; a large negligence award.
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