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contributory negligence

Contributory negligence is the negligence of a plaintiff constituting a partial cause or aggravation of their injury.

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This doctrine bars relief to the plaintiff in a lawsuit if the plaintiff's own negligence contributed to the damage. Contributory negligence has been superseded in many states by other methods of apportioning liability.

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