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  • Please forgive my negligence in not calling you sooner.
  • The jury found her criminally negligent in the fulfillment of her responsibilities.
  • Social Services said the parents were negligent and took custody of the children.
  • I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent, when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness.
    Austen, Jane  --  Sense and Sensibility

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  • The master informed me how, by the negligence of the steersman, the steerage was set on fire:
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • This is thy negligence:
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • she let it drop by negligence,
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • I cannot see that there has been any negligence on your part.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • I might have known better than to trust him with it! There’s such a high price for negligence in this world!
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • Put on what weary negligence you please,
    You and your fellow servants. I’ll have it come to question.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear

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  • what my offence to him is; it is something of my negligence, nothing of my purpose.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • My gracious lord, I may be negligent, foolish, and fearful;
    In every one of these no man is free,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • we in negligent danger
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • Mistreatment of children, negligent homicide.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • I give to negligence. Let come what comes,
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • She was somehow negligent.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • We have lost so many of the precious lives of our soldiers and this is due to your negligence.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • After I left the nursing home, I spent the next hour driving to Mountain City to stand next to a client who was entering a guilty plea to a reduced charge of negligent homicide in what had originally been a second-degree murder case.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • But none of these at all diminished a kind of wonderfully negligent sexuality having to do at that moment, at least, with the casual but forthright way her pelvis moved and with her truly sumptuous rear end.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He waved negligently at Jamie’s hand.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • And now I’m paying for my negligence.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The worst she could be accused of is negligence.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • So, Count, there never is any negligence in my company, and so my conscience was at ease.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The truth was, by then, the cancer in Baba’s brain had made him forgetful, negligent.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • He was now determined to perform his duties firmly and without negligence.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • This key was furnished with a small iron point,—a negligence on the part of the locksmith.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • You reproach me with your creation, come on, then, that I may extinguish the spark which I so negligently bestowed.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Aramis, anxious and negligently dressed, said nothing.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It was criminally negligent.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • She moved her fingers slightly, almost negligently, the gesture of someone twitching a curtain aside.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • They both promised fair to grow up as rude as savages; the young master being entirely negligent how they behaved, and what they did, so they kept clear of him.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • We have been negligent.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Toohey stood looking at him; Toohey’s hands had slipped negligently into his trouser pockets, making his jacket flare out over his thin hips; he seemed to teeter faintly on his small feet; his eyes were attentive in enigmatic appraisal.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It was not a reckless manner, the manner in which he said these words aloud under the fast-sailing clouds, nor was it more expressive of negligence than defiance.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Marie was shocked by her negligence.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Instead of a reprimand for their previous negligence, the case seemed rather to require an eulogium on their praiseworthy caution after the mischief had happened; a grateful recognition of the promptitude of their zeal the moment that there was no longer any remedy.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • At the upper end of the table, Mr. Noah Claypole lolled negligently in an easy-chair, with his legs thrown over one of the arms: an open clasp-knife in one hand, and a mass of buttered bread in the other.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Where a man does his best with only moderate powers, he will have the advantage over negligent superiority.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • I do feel, however, that our stockholders will be justified in expecting that those who bore the major responsibility for this venture should now bear the consequences of their negligence.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • There was no one there so handsome, thought Scarlett, as she marked how graceful was his negligent pose and how the sun gleamed on his gold hair and mustache.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • "Jim, see to the trunks," said the gentleman, negligently; then addressing himself to Mr. Wilson, he added—"I should like to have a few moments’ conversation with you on business, in my room, if you please."
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • There have been joys too great to be described in words, and there have been griefs upon which I have not dared to dwell; and with these in mind I say: Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • She began to set the toilet-stand to rights, grumbling at the negligence of the quadroon, who was in the adjoining room putting the children to bed.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • No smoke yet showed above the rooftops, so, reassured, all the faces turned back to Capricorn, who was saying something about deceit and falsehood, discipline and negligence, but Elinor only half heard him.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • She became increasingly negligent in her dress and like all lonely people she talked to herself audibly.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • At the same time, the overwhelming number of people who suffer an injury due to the negligence of a doctor never file a malpractice suit at all.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • I passed it as negligently as I did the pollard willow opposite to it: I had no presentiment of what it would be to me; no inward warning that the arbitress of my life — my genius for good or evil — waited there in humble guise.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The man who loses sight of the tall stranger, after he is once seen, will pay for his negligence with his life; but one man is to ride straight back here and report to me.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • It was two stories high; showed no window, nothing but a door on the lower story and a blind forehead of discoloured wall on the upper; and bore in every feature, the marks of prolonged and sordid negligence.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • ’tis perhaps only negligence.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
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