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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 neg·li·gence /ˈnɛglɪʤən(t)s/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Neg·li·gence n.  The quality or state of being negligent; lack of due diligence or care; omission of duty; habitual neglect; heedlessness.
 2. An act or instance of negligence or carelessness.
    remarking his beauties, . . . I must also point out his negligences and defects.   --Blair.
 3. Law The omission of the care usual under the circumstances, being convertible with the Roman culpa.  A specialist is bound to higher skill and diligence in his specialty than one who is not a specialist, and liability for negligence varies acordingly.
 Contributory negligence. See under Contributory.
 Syn: -- Neglect; inattention; heedlessness; disregard; slight.
 Usage: -- Negligence, Neglect.  These two words are freely interchanged in our older writers; but a distinction has gradually sprung up between them.  As now generally used, negligence is the habit, and neglect the act, of leaving things undone or unattended to.  We are negligent as a general trait of character; we are guilty of neglect in particular cases, or in reference to individuals who had a right to our attentions.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person
           would exercise under the same circumstances [syn: carelessness,
            neglect, nonperformance]
      2: the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern
         [syn: neglect, neglectfulness]