from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not significant or important enough to be worth considering; trifling.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Capable or admitting of being neglected or disregarded; neglectable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective That may be neglected, disregarded, or left out of consideration; too small or unimportant to be worthy of notice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Able to be ignored or excluded from consideration; too small or unimportant to be of concern.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective so small as to be meaningless; insignificant
  • adjective not worth considering


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin neglegere, negligere, to neglect; see neglect + –ible.]


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