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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: Latin, present participle of negligere; NEGLECT1

negligent

adjective
     
neg‧li‧gent
1 not taking enough care over something that you are responsible for, with the result that serious mistakes are made [= irresponsible; ≠ responsible]
negligent in (doing) something
The report stated that Dr Brady had been negligent in not giving the patient a full examination.
Mr Brown was found guilty of negligent driving.
2 literary a negligent manner or way of dressing is careless, but in a pleasantly relaxed way:
He gave a negligent shrug.
negligently adverb

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