slight negligence – failure to exercise the degree of care expected of an extraordinarily prudent person, resulting in liability in special circumstances (esp. those involving bailments or carriers)

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slight negligence:
(18c)

1. The failure to exercise the great care of an extraordinarily prudent person, resulting in liability in special circumstances (especially those involving bailments or carriers) in which lack of ordinary care would not result in liability; lack of great diligence. [1]

1. A classification as impracticable as any classification according to the concept fo degrees of negligence. 38 Am J1st Negl § 45.

An absence of that degree of care and vigilance which persons of extraordinary prudence and foresight are accustomed to use; not sufficient as the foundation of an action or as a defense in a negligence action. 38 Am J1st Negl § 45. [2]

1. An absence of that degree of care expected of persons of extraordinary prudence.
See prudence. [3]

     Excerpt from Horace Smith’s A Treatise on the Law of Negligence  (1st Am. ed. fr. 2d English ed. 1887):

     “[T]he best test of whether an act is culpably negligent in the particular case is to inquire whether there was a duty to exercise ordinary care, or something more or less than ordinary care, incumbent upon the party, and whether he had reasonably fulfilled that duty; if he has, he is not negligent; if he has not, he is negligent. The words ‘ordinary’ and ‘reasonably’ are no doubt vague, but the subject is only further obscured by the introduction of the words ‘gross’ and ‘slight’ because nobody can really say what they mean, though anybody may easily give to them some peculiar or exaggerated meaning. [4]

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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.

 [4]: Horace Smith, A Treatise on the Law of Negligence 8 (1st Am. ed. fr. 2d English ed. 1887).

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