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negligence

When you are careless or reckless and you don’t take care of a person, object or situation like you ought to, you are practicing negligence. "Her negligence of the house resulted in its being condemned by the city."

The noun negligence comes from a Latin word that means “carelessness.” Negligence can come in many forms: negligence of one's children can lead to foster care, negligence while driving can cause fatal accidents, negligence of work can lead to the loss of a job, and negligence of nutrition can cause health problems. There is culpability in negligence. Negligence is when one neglects to do things that should be done, and there are usually consequences.

Definitions of negligence
  1. noun
    failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances
    synonyms: carelessness, neglect, nonperformance
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    dereliction
    willful negligence
    comparative negligence
    (law) negligence allocated between the plaintiff and the defendant with a corresponding reduction in damages paid to the plaintiff
    concurrent negligence
    (law) negligence of two of more persons acting independently; the plaintiff may sue both together or separately
    contributory negligence
    (law) behavior by the plaintiff that contributes to the harm resulting from the defendant's negligence
    criminal negligence, culpable negligence
    (law) recklessly acting without reasonable caution and putting another person at risk of injury or death (or failing to do something with the same consequences)
    neglect of duty
    (law) breach of a duty
    dodging, escape, evasion
    nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do
    nonfeasance
    a failure to act when under an obligation to do so; a refusal (without sufficient excuse) to do that which it is your legal duty to do
    escape mechanism
    a form of behavior that evades unpleasant realities
    malingering, skulking
    evading duty or work by pretending to be incapacitated
    goldbricking, goofing off, shirking, slacking, soldiering
    the evasion of work or duty
    circumvention
    the act of evading by going around
    type of:
    nonaccomplishment, nonachievement
    an act that does not achieve its intended goal
  2. noun
    the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern
    synonyms: neglect, neglectfulness
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    delinquency, dereliction, willful neglect
    a tendency to be negligent and uncaring
    laxity, laxness, remissness, slackness
    the quality of being lax and neglectful
    type of:
    carelessness, sloppiness
    the quality of not being careful or taking pains
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