ordinary negligence – failure to exercise the degree of care that a reasonably prudent person would have exercised in similar circumstances; failure to use ordinary care or due care

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ordinary negligence:
(16C)

1. Lack of ordinary diligence; the failure to use ordinary care.  *  The term is most commonly used to differentiate between negligence and gross negligence. [1]

1. The failure to exercise such care as the great mass of mankind ordinarily exercises under the same or similar circumstances. 38 Am J1st Negl §  46.

The want of exercise of ordinary care. [2]

1. The failure to exercise the degree of care that a reasonably prudent person would have exercised in similar circumstances; the failure to use ordinary care or due care. [3]

 

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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

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