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The quality or state of being negligent; lack of due diligence or care; omission of duty; habitual neglect; heedlessness.
2. An act or instance of negligence or carelessness. remarking his beauties, . I must also point out his negligences and defects. (Blair)
3. The omission of the care usual under the circumstances, being convertible with the roman culpa. A specialist is bound to higher skill and diligence in his specialty than one who is not a specialist, and liability for negligence varies acordingly. Contributory negligence. See Contributory.
Synonym: Neglect, inattention, heedlessness, disregard, slight.
Negligence, Neglect. These two words are freely interchanged in our older writers; but a distinction has gradually sprung up between them. As now generally used, negligence is the habit, and neglect the act, of leaving things undone or unattended to. We are negligent as a general trait of character; we are guilty of neglect in particular cases, or in reference to individuals who had a right to our attentions.
Origin: F. Negligence, L. Negligentia.

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