negligence

  

Definition

Breach of duty of care which results in loss or injury to the person or entity the duty is owed. Negligence usually includes doing something that an ordinary, reasonable, and prudent person would not do, or not doing something such a person would do considering the circumstances, situation, and the knowledge of parties involved. In civil liability (see tort), an aggrieved person or entity is entitled to claim damages in a court. In criminal liability, it is usually an unacceptable defense to claim that one was doing one's best to avoid injury or loss if his or her conduct or performance falls below the expected or required level.

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