As nouns the difference between lapses and negligence
is that lapses
is while negligence
is negligence; carelessness.
As a verb lapses
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.