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Negligent in a Sentence

Examples of negligent in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of negligent, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(adjective) - characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern

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EXAMPLES - Negligent in a Sentence

  1. Shaler soldier's electrocution called negligent homicide (source)
  2. One of those deaths was just reclassified as negligent homicide. (source)
  3. McCain: Again I don't know what the definition of "negligent" is. (source)
  4. The case was classified as negligent homicide and has been closed. (source)
  5. The law firm says Siena was "negligent" in producing contaminated meat. (source)
  6. No exam, no x-ray, no discussion or referrals ... can you say "negligent". (source)
  7. In a real profession, our politicians would be called negligent, incompetent. (source)
  8. John McCain on Rove: It depends on what the definition of "negligent" is by on (source)
  9. Uefa on Friday of being "negligent" and warned that the increasingly perilous access to the Champions (source)
  10. Governments, said Brown, had to ensure growth this year and it would be "negligent" to put that growth at risk. (source)
  11. Whether BP (and/or its contractors) were criminally negligent is the subject of a Justice Department investigation. (source)
  12. Would you appreciate being called negligent if your roof blew off in a storm and a sheet of iron killed a neighbour? (source)
  13. In July last year, Judge Edward Bailey decided the Home Office had been "negligent" in failing to fix the killer's teeth. (source)
  14. The company now faces a federal criminal investigation into what the government has called negligent and reckless practices. (source)
  15. The Goldstone Commission condemned the soldiers '"negligent" conduct and recommended that Kasrils be censured by the ANC for his role. (source)
  16. Seierstad stoutly resisted these efforts, but last week an Oslo court ruled that she was "negligent" and should pay 250,000 kroner to Suraia (source)
  17. He also expresses concern that he does not know General Jackson's plans and that the government has been "negligent" in paying southern soldiers. (source)
  18. Iceland was 'negligent' over banking collapse banking system yesterday accused the government and regulators of "extreme negligence" in the run-up to the devastating (source)
  19. They would have to prove that the LibDems were either 'criminally reckless' in accepting the money without doing proper 'due diligence' or prove they were 'negligent'. (source)
  20. In July, the NH department of Fish and Game decided Mason was "negligent" for veering off the allotted path when injured, and charged him a whopping $25,000 for the rescue. (source)
  21. Johan Moller will not face immediate disciplinary action by the profession's watchdog despite being found to be "negligent" in a landmark sterilisation civil suit this week. (source)
  22. That is called negligent homicide or manslaughter - and every union idiot who participated in that blizzard protest should be charged and locked away for as long as possible. (source)
  23. Also in 2007, a Kansas City man lost his federal lawsuit against God almost as quickly as he filed it, claiming the Almighty was "negligent" in the way the man had been created. (source)
  24. People must come to know that they stand a high chance of being pulled over, not just for speeding or suspected drunken driving, but for any kind of negligent behaviour on the road. (source)
  25. Jansen ruled that Dr Moller was "negligent" when he failed to perform a sterilisation procedure in accordance with generally accepted standards required of a specialist gynaecologist. (source)
  26. THE national depression initiative beyondblue has been called negligent for ignoring gay and lesbian young people in new guidelines to help doctors diagnose and treat depressed teenagers. (source)
  27. Steve Thomas has written a book, which if you believe his hypothesis, proves the complete innocence of John Ramsey, and convicts Patsy Ramsey, at most, of some kind of negligent or accident. (source)
  28. An outrage, they say, because they believe that ever since Beslan, the Russian government has done everything it could to try and cover up its -- what they call negligent handling of the crisis. (source)
  29. With a quick look at some other facts, it can even be argued that the US military has itself provided lethal weaponry to Iraqi "insurgents" on a scale that could easily be called negligent collaboration. (source)
  30. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski D-Md., a critic of what she has called negligent safety practices under former Metro chief John Catoe, this week lauded Sarles for having "a commitment to creating the culture of safety we need at Metro." (source)
  31. Goldman will agree to a fine and seek to get the civil-fraud charge removed from the case, agreeing that its actions and the actions of Fabrice Tourre, the young trader who sold the investments, was instead "negligent," these sources say. (source)
  32. In due course the railroad would send its doctor, who would report that her condition was serious; and, as the leaving of a banana peel upon a public platform is in its very nature "negligent," the company's lawyer would recommend settlement. (source)
  33. In opening arguments, Ms. Speiser's lawyer, Charles Veilleux, said the Defence Department and the munitions manufacturer, Industries Valcartier Inc., knew that dumping TCE was an environmental health risk but was "negligent" by refusing to end the practice. (source)
  34. If somebody kills somebody, and if the evidence looks like they were just negligent, that is precisely the definition of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, and there are celebrities and non-celebrities who are prosecuted for this, and it ` s just a stupid argument. (source)
  35. Not long after, a young man, who had for some time looked at us with a kind of negligent impertinence, advanced on tiptoe towards me; he had a set smile on his face, and his dress was so foppish, that I really believed he even wished to be stared at; and yet he was very ugly. (source)
  36. RAY GIUDICE, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Oh, I think they ` ll probably add what ` s called a negligent entrustment claim, meaning that Hulk Hogan negligently entrusted the vehicle to his son, with knowledge that he had committed speeding tickets of high speed, that he drove recklessly. (source)
  37. "It is misleading to the public to characterize the agency's performance as 'negligent' based on the evidentiary record cited in the report," said Richard E. Stickler, acting assistant secretary for mine safety and health, in a letter dated March 26 that was included in the report. (source)
  38. The exasperation which had to vent itself was directed at first against the Ministers, and ridiculously enough the silence imposed on the Press concerning the movements of the troops (le mutisme) was blamed for the defeat at Weissenburg; then the exasperation swung back and was directed against the generals, who were dubbed negligent and incapable, until, ponderously and slowly, it turned against the Emperor himself. (source)
  39. The exasperation which had to vent itself was directed at first against the Ministers, and ridiculously enough the silence imposed on the Press concerning the movements of the troops (_le mutisme_) was blamed for the defeat at Weissenburg; then the exasperation swung back and was directed against the generals, who were dubbed negligent and incapable, until, ponderously and slowly, it turned against the Emperor himself. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 45.0, which suggests that "negligent" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 29 synonyms for negligent.

asleep at switch, behindhand, cursory, delinquent, derelict, discinct, disregardful, forgetful, heedless, inadvertent, inattentive, inconsiderate, incurious, lax, neglectful, nonchalant, offhand, regardless, remiss, slack, slapdash, slipshod, sloppy, slovenly, thoughtless, unconcerned, unheedful, unmindful, unthinking


We have 5 antonyms for negligent.

attentive, careful, caring, mindful, successful


Pronunciation: (nĕgˈlĭ-jənt)

Syllabification: neg-li-gent


View up to 25 definitions of negligent from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Characterized by or inclined to neglect, especially habitually.
  2. (adjective) Characterized by careless ease or informality; casual.
  3. (adjective) Law Guilty of negligence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) Careless, without appropriate or sufficient attention.
  2. (adjective) Culpable due to negligence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adjective) Apt to neglect; customarily neglectful; characterized by negligence; careless; heedless; culpably careless; showing lack of attention.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) Characterized by negligence or by neglectful habits; neglectful; careless; heedless; apt or accustomed to omit what ought to be done, or to do it in a careless or heedless manner: followed by of when the object of the negligence is specified: as, a negligent man; a man negligent of his duties.
  2. (None) Indicative of easy indifference or of disregard of conventionalities.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adjective) characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern