As nouns the difference between dereliction and negligence
is that dereliction
is willful neglect of one's duty while negligence
is the state of being negligent.
willful neglect of one's duty
- The new soldier did not clean his cabin and was scolded for dereliction and disobedience.
the act of abandoning something, or the state of being abandoned
- What he did was a terrible dereliction of duty.
The state of being negligent.
(legal, singulare tantum) The tort whereby a duty of reasonable care was breached, causing damage: any conduct short of intentional or reckless action that falls below the legal standard for preventing unreasonable injury.
(legal, uncountable) The breach of a duty of care: the failure to exercise a standard of care that a reasonable person would have in a similar situation.
* The breach of a duty of care is one element of the tort of negligence, but is also called (term); one must therefore take care to clarify what is meant.