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regardless

[ri-gahrd-lis] /rɪˈgɑrd lɪs/
adjective
1.
having or showing no regard; heedless; unmindful (often followed by of).
adverb
2.
without concern as to advice, warning, hardship, etc.; anyway:
I must make the decision regardless.
Idioms
3.
regardless of, in spite of; without regard for:
They'll do it regardless of the cost.
Origin of regardless
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; regard + -less
Related forms
regardlessly, adverb
regardlessness, noun
Can be confused
irregardless, regardless (see usage note at irregardless)
Synonyms
1. inattentive, negligent, neglectful, indifferent, unconcerned.
Antonyms
1. attentive, mindful.
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  • They did what they wanted to do regardless of how it affected their neighbours or their friends.

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  • regardless of possibly near-by elk, I raised a frightened, yell.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • Solon, regardless of his cooling kitchen, stood at the door and watched her.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • But Mary, regardless of maternal cacklings, sped after the doctor as he turned his horse.

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  • Good-night,’ and marched off to bed, regardless of the ‘Walking too fast!

British Dictionary definitions for regardless

regardless

/rɪˈɡɑːdlɪs/
adjective
1.
(usually foll by of) taking no regard or heed; heedless
adverb
2.
in spite of everything; disregarding drawbacks: to carry on regardless
Derived Forms
regardlessly, adverb
regardlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for regardless
adj.

"indifferent," 1590s, from regard (n.) + -less. Elliptical for "regardless of consequences, expenses, etc.," from 1872.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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