Define: Negligence

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Definition: Negligence


Quick Summary of Negligence


Failure to exhibit care that one ought to exhibit.



What is the dictionary definition of Negligence?

Dictionary Definition


  1. The state of being negligent.
  2. legal, singulare tantum The tort whereby a duty of reasonable care was breached, causing damage any conduct short of intentional or reckless action that falls below the legal standard for preventing unreasonable injury.
  3. legal, uncountable The breach of a duty of care: the failure to exercise a standard of care that a reasonable person would have in a similar situation.

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Full Definition of Negligence


In Law, a tort in which a breach of a duty of care results in damages to the person to whom the duty is owed. Such a duty is owed by manufacturers to the consumers who buy their products, by accountants, doctors, solicitors, care workers, doctors, and other professional persons to their clients, by a company director to its shareholders/stakeholders. etc.

A person who has suffered loss or injury as a result of a breach in the duty of care can claim damages in tort.

The risk of potentially being sued for negligence makes it paramount for partners in accountancy firms that are not limited liability partnerships to obtain professional indemnity insurance.


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This glossary post was last updated: 28th December 2018.