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Not significant or important enough to be worth considering; trifling.

[Latin neglegere, negligere, to neglect; see neglect + -ible.]

neg′li·gi·bil′i·ty, neg′li·gi·ble·ness n.
neg′li·gi·bly adv.
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so small, unimportant, etc, as to be not worth considering; insignificant
ˌnegligiˈbility, ˈnegligibleness n
ˈnegligibly adv
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(ˈnɛg lɪ dʒə bəl)

so small or unimportant as to be safely disregarded: negligible expenses.
[1820–30; < Latin neglig(ere) to neglect]
neg`li•gi•bil′i•ty n.
neg′li•gi•bly, adv.
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1. 'negligent'

If someone has been negligent, they have not performed their duties carefully enough.

The jury determined that the airline was negligent in training and supervising the crew.
2. 'negligible'

If something is negligible, it is so small or unimportant that it is not worth considering.

The damage appears to have had a negligible effect on the yacht's speed.
They can make extra copies of videotapes at a negligible cost.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.negligible - so small as to be meaningless; insignificant; "the effect was negligible"
minimal, minimum - the least possible; "needed to enforce minimal standards"; "her grades were minimal"; "minimum wage"; "a minimal charge for the service"
2.negligible - not worth considering; "he considered the prize too paltry for the lives it must cost"; "piffling efforts"; "a trifling matter"
worthless - lacking in usefulness or value; "a worthless idler"
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adjective insignificant, small, minute, minor, petty, trivial, trifling, unimportant, inconsequential, imperceptible, nickel-and-dime (U.S. slang) Managers are convinced that the strike will have a negligible effect.
important, significant, vital, noteworthy
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1. Contemptibly unimportant:
Slang: measly.
Idiom: of no account.
2. Small in degree, especially of probability:
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[ˈneglɪdʒəbl] ADJ [amount] → insignificante; [damage, difference] → insignificante, sin importancia
a by no means negligible opponentun adversario nada despreciable
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[ˈnɛglɪdʒɪbəl] adj (= very small) [risk] → négligeable; [amount, level] → négligeable
The risks are negligible → Les risques sont négligeables.
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adjunwesentlich, unbedeutend; quantity, amount, sum alsogeringfügig, unerheblich; the opposition in this race is negligiblein diesem Rennen gibt es keinen ernst zu nehmenden Gegner
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[ˈnɛglɪdʒəbl] adjtrascurabile, insignificante
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