the product quality or state of being careless heedlessness negligence inattention
- the quality of not being careful or using discomforts
- failure to do something because of the prudence that a fair person would work out beneath the same conditions
- the product quality or state to be careless; heedlessness; negligenece; inattention.
Negligence: failure to behave with all the prudence that an acceptable individual would exercise beneath the exact same conditions.
Old English carleasnes; see careless + -ness.
state, fact, or example of doing just what ought to not ever be performed or not performing what ought to be done, resulting from incaution. It might probably additionally suggest bad performance from inattention or sloppiness, or from indifference, laziness, or preoccupation.
Further, owing to the carelessness of the Prussian negotiator, Napoleon was able to require the exaction of impossibly large sums from that exhausted land, and therefore to keep his troops in her chief fortresses.