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 for Contributory negligence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Negligence \Neg"li*gence\, n. [F. n['e]gligence, L.
     The quality or state of being negligent; lack of due
     diligence or care; omission of duty; habitual neglect;
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     2. An act or instance of negligence or carelessness.
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              remarking his beauties, . . . I must also point out
              his negligences and defects.          --Blair.
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     3. (Law) The omission of the care usual under the
        circumstances, being convertible with the Roman culpa. A
        specialist is bound to higher skill and diligence in his
        specialty than one who is not a specialist, and liability
        for negligence varies acordingly.
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     Contributory negligence. See under Contributory.
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     Syn: Neglect; inattention; heedlessness; disregard; slight.
     Usage: Negligence, Neglect. These two words are freely
            interchanged in our older writers; but a distinction
            has gradually sprung up between them. As now generally
            used, negligence is the habit, and neglect the act, of
            leaving things undone or unattended to. We are
            negligent as a general trait of character; we are
            guilty of neglect in particular cases, or in reference
            to individuals who had a right to our attentions.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Contributory \Con*trib"u*to*ry\, a.
     Contributing to the same stock or purpose; promoting the same
     end; bringing assistance to some joint design, or increase to
     some common stock; contributive. --Milton.
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           Bonfires of contributory wood.           --Chapman.
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     Contributory negligence (Law), negligence by an injured
        party, which combines with the negligence of the injurer
        in producing the injury, and which bars recovery when it
        is the proximate cause of the injury. --Wharton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  contributory negligence
      n 1: (law) behavior by the plaintiff that contributes to the
           harm resulting from the defendant's negligence; "in common
           law any degree of contributory negligence would bar the
           plaintiff from collecting damages"

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