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heedless

[heed-lis]
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adjective
  1. 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 formsheed·less·ly, adverbheed·less·ness, noun

Synonyms

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oblivious, indifferent; negligent, uncaring, unconcerned.

Antonyms

cautious, mindful, heedful.
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Examples from the Web for heedlessly

Historical Examples

  • Seeing a pier jutting out, he heedlessly followed it to the very end.

    Quaint Courtships

    Various

  • His son had been playing with a courtier and the latter had heedlessly wounded him.

  • Therefore it is so sad for us that we go about so heedlessly.

  • He cursed the rising water, and bade it stay—and heedlessly it came on.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer

    Cyrus Townsend Brady

  • Then Thornly came to the curtain and flung it heedlessly back.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock


British Dictionary definitions for heedlessly

heedless

adjective
  1. taking little or no notice; careless or thoughtless
Derived Formsheedlessly, adverbheedlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for heedlessly

heedless

adj.

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

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