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careless

[kair-lis]
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adjective
  1. not paying enough attention to what one does: a careless typist.
  2. not exact, accurate, or thorough: careless work.
  3. done or said heedlessly or negligently; unconsidered: a careless remark.
  4. not caring or troubling; having no care or concern; unconcerned (usually followed by of, about, or in): careless of the rights of others; careless about one's behavior; careless in speech.
  5. possessed or caused without effort or art; unstudied: careless beauty.
  6. Archaic. free from anxiety.
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Origin of careless

before 1000; Middle English; Old English carlēas. See care, -less
Related formscare·less·ly, adverbcare·less·ness, nouno·ver·care·less, adjectiveo·ver·care·less·ly, adverbo·ver·care·less·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. inattentive, incautious, unwary, indiscreet, reckless. 2. inaccurate, negligent. 3. unthoughtful, unmindful. 4. thoughtless, forgetful; inconsiderate.

Antonyms

1–4. careful.
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Examples from the Web for careless

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  • Yet the great lady is not careless of engagements, and the wait is never prolonged.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • With a careless nod to Halbert, she took Robert's arm, and left the schoolhouse.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • But what troubled her most of all was that he should be so careless about the wrong he had done, whatever it was.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • His puppets no longer interest him; he is careless of characterization.

  • "Let me know about it before you do it," said Linda with a careless laugh.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter


British Dictionary definitions for careless

careless

adjective
  1. done with or acting with insufficient attention; negligent
  2. (often foll by in, of, or about) unconcerned in attitude or action; heedless; indifferent (to)she's very careless about her clothes
  3. (usually prenominal) carefree
  4. (usually prenominal) unstudied; artlessan impression of careless elegance
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Derived Formscarelessly, adverbcarelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for careless

adj.

Old English carleas "free from anxiety; unconcerned," from care (n.) + -less; a compound probably from Proto-Germanic. Original senses extinct by mid-17c.; main modern meaning "not paying attention, inattentive, not taking due care" is first recorded 1560s (in carelessly).

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