Dictionary: NE'GER – NE-GO'TIA-TOR

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NE'GER, n. [L. niger.]

A black person; one of the African black race. It is remarkable that this popular pronunciation is exactly the same as that of the Latins.


  1. Omission; forbearance to do any thing that can be done or that requires to be done. Neglect may be from carelessness or inattention. The neglect of business is the cause of many failures, but neglect of economy is more frequent and more injurious.
  2. Slight; omission of attention or civilities. Neglect of duel notice and attention to strangers is characteristic of ill breeding.
  3. Negligence; habitual want of regard. Age breeds neglect in all. Denham.
  4. State of being disregarded. Rescue my poor remains from vile neglect. Prior.

NEG-LECT', v.t. [L. neglectus, from negligo. In G. the corresponding word is nachlassen, D. nalaaten, compounds of nach, na, after, and lassen, laaten, to let, to leave, to suffer to pass, Eng. let, Fr. laisser. The sense of the latter words then is to leave behind, or permit to remain; Dan. nachlæssig, negligent. I suspect the L. negligo to be composed of the same prefix, neg for nach, and linquo, lictum, as n is not radical the latter. But of this I am not confident.]

  1. To omit by carelessness or design; to forbear to do, use, employ, promote or attend to; as, to neglect duty or business; to neglect to pay honest debts; to neglect our interest or policy; to neglect the means in our power.
  2. To omit to receive or embrace; to slight. How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation? Heb. ii.
  3. To slight; not to notice; to forbear to treat with attention or respect. Among people of good breeding, strangers seldom complain of being neglected.
  4. To postpone. [Not in use.] Shak.


Omitted to be done; slighted; disregarded.


State of being neglected. More.


One that neglects.


  1. Heedless; careless; inattentive. Locke.
  2. Accustomed or apt to omit what may or ought to be done.
  3. Treating with neglect or slight.
  4. Indicating neglect, slight or indifference; as, a neglectful countenance. Locke.


With neglect; with heedless inattention; with careless indifference.


Omitting; passing by; forbearing to do; slighting; treating with indifference.


Carelessly; heedlessly. Shak.


The state of being negligent. [Not used.] Shak.


Inattentive; regardless of. [Little used.] K. Charles.

NEG-LI-GEE', n. [Fr. negligé.]

A kind of gown formerly worn. Goldsmith.

NEG'LI-GENCE, n. [L. negligentia.]

  1. Neglect; omission to do; more generally,
  2. Habitual omission of that which ought to be done, or a habit of omitting to do things, either from carelessness or design. Negligence is usually the child of sloth or laziness, and the parent of disorders in business, often of poverty.


  1. Careless; heedless; apt or accustomed to omit what ought to be done; inattentive to business or necessary concerns. It is applied to a particular instance neglect, or it denotes habitually careless or inattentive. 2 Chron. xxii. 2 Pet. i. He that thinks he can afford to be negligent, is not far from being poor. Rambler.
  2. Regardless. Be thou negligent of fame. Swift.


  1. Carelessly; heedlessly; without exactness; as, a person negligently dressed; a piece negligently written; a farm negligently cultivated.
  2. With slight, disregard or inattention.


The quality of being negotiable or transferable by indorsement. Sewall. Walsh.

NE-GO'TIA-BLE, a. [from negotiate.]

That may be transferred by assignment or indorsement; that may be passed from the owner to another person so as to vest the property in the assignee; as, a negotiable note or bill of exchange. Walsh.


One who negotiates; a negotiator. [Not used.] Ralegh.

NE-GO'TIATE, v.i. [nego'shate; L. negotior; It. negoziare; Sp. negociar; Fr. negocier; from L. negotium, business, employment; W. neges, an errand, business; negeseua, to go on errands, to negotiate.]

  1. To transact business; to treat with another respecting purchase and sale; to hold intercourse in bargaining or trade, either in person or by a broker or substitute; as, to negotiate with a man for the purchase of goods or a farm.
  2. To hold intercourse with another respecting a treaty, league or convention; to treat with respecting peace or commerce. It is a crime for an embassador to betray his prince for whom he should negotiate. Decay of Piety.

NE-GO'TIATE, v.t. [nego'shate.]

  1. To procure by mutual intercourse and agreement with another; as, to negotiate a loan of money. Ship brokers arid interpreters negotiate affreightments. Walsh.
  2. To procure, make or establish by mutual intercourse and agreement with others. Mr. Jay negotiated a treaty with the British ministry in 1794.
  3. To sell; to pass; to transfer for a valuable consideration; as, to negotiate a bill of exchange. The notes were not negotiated to them in the usual course of business or trade. Kent.


Procured or obtained by agreement with another; sold or transferred for a valuable consideration.


Treating with; transacting business.


  1. The act of negotiating; the transacting of business in traffick; the treating with another respecting sale or purchase.
  2. The transaction of business between nations; the mutual intercourse of governments by their agents, in making treaties and the like as, the negotiations at Ghent.


One that negotiates; one that treats with others either as principal or agent, in respect to purchase and sale, or public compacts. Swift.