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Simple negligence is defined as the "failure to exercise for protection of others that degree of care and caution that would, under prevailing circumstances, be exercised by ordinarily prudent person."
Black’s Law Dictionary 1383 (6th ed. 1990).
Simple negligence shall be defined as a failure to act with the care which an ordinarily prudent person would exercise under similar circumstances.
Battin, Michael P. “Bank Director Liability Under FIRREA.” Fordham L. Rev. 63 (1994): 2347.