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[heed-lis] /ˈhid lɪs/
careless; thoughtless; unmindful:
Heedless of the danger, he returned to the burning building to save his dog.
Origin of heedless
First recorded in 1570-80; heed + -less
Related forms
heedlessly, adverb
heedlessness, noun
oblivious, indifferent; negligent, uncaring, unconcerned.
cautious, mindful, heedful. Unabridged
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  • Such things may be, but if any heedless creature once enters in, it never comes out.

    Melmoth Reconciled Honore de Balzac
  • Adolphine was heedless and forgetful to a tantalizing degree.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • Hanging on his arm, and heedless of to-morrow, was I not happy?

  • Her own character is too precious to be exposed in heedless traffic.

    The Young Maiden A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • Gaston sprang forward into the darkness, heedless of all but the sound of that voice.

    In the Days of Chivalry Evelyn Everett-Green
British Dictionary definitions for heedless


taking little or no notice; careless or thoughtless
Derived Forms
heedlessly, adverb
heedlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for heedless

"without regard," 1570s, from heed + -less. Related: Heedlessly; heedlessness.

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