July 18, 2013
- negligent (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : marked by or likely to show neglect2 : failing to take proper or normal care
- How do you use it?
- Alek was so excited about the swim meet that only later did he realize he had been negligent in doing his chores that day.
- Are you a word wiz?
We hope you'll take care in choosing the answer to today's quiz. Which of the following is a synonym of "negligent"?"Negligent" has several synonyms: "neglectful," "lax," "slack," and "remiss." All mean culpably careless or indicative of such carelessness. "Negligent" implies inattention to one's duty or business, as in "negligent about writing a thank-you note." "Neglectful" adds a more disapproving implication of laziness or deliberate inattention, as in "a society neglectful of the poor." "Lax" implies a blameworthy lack of strictness, severity, or precision, as in "a reporter lax about accuracy." "Slack" implies want of due or necessary diligence or care, as in "slack workmanship." And "remiss" implies blameworthy carelessness shown in slackness, forgetfulness, or neglect, as in "had been remiss in their familial duties."