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insouciant

[in-soo-see-uh nt; French an-soo-syahn] /ɪnˈsu si ənt; French ɛ̃ suˈsyɑ̃/
adjective
1.
free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant.
Origin of insouciant
1820-1830
1820-30; < French, equivalent to in- in-3 + souciant present participle of soucier to worry < Vulgar Latin *sollicītāre, for Latin sollicitāre to disturb; see solicitous
Related forms
insouciantly, adverb
Synonyms
lighthearted, debonair, jaunty, breezy.
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insouciant

/ɪnˈsuːsɪənt/
adjective
1.
carefree or unconcerned; light-hearted
Derived Forms
insouciance, noun
insouciantly, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from French, from in-1 + souciant worrying, from soucier to trouble, from Latin sollicitāre; compare solicitous
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Contemporary definitions for insouciant
adjective

unconcerned, undisturbed; carefree and nonchalant

Word Origin

Latin in- + soucier 'to disturb'

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Word Origin and History for insouciant
adj.

1829, from French insouciant "careless, thoughtless, heedless," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + souciant "caring," present participle of soucier "to care," from Latin sollicitare "to agitate" (see solicit). Related: Insouciantly.

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