Gross Neglect of Duty Law and Legal Definition

Gross neglect of duty, within meaning of divorce statute, is such glaring, shameful, or monstrous neglect of marital duties as to be obvious from common understanding, and inexcusable under all relevant facts in case. [Morris v. Morris, 132 Okla. 291 (Okla. 1928)].

Gross neglect of duty by a public officer is a dereliction which, from the gravity of the situation or the frequency of instances, becomes serious as to endanger or threaten the public welfare; not necessarily inclusive of every instance of willful neglect or intentional official wrongdoing.