not paying enough attention to what one does: a careless typist.
not exact, accurate, or thorough: careless work.
done or said heedlessly or negligently; unconsidered: a careless remark.
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.
possessed or caused without effort or art; unstudied: careless beauty.
Archaic. free from anxiety.
- care·less·ly, adverb
- care·less·ness, noun
- o·ver·care·less, adjective
- o·ver·care·less·ly, adverb
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How to use careless in a sentence
Instead they are part of its very design, built atop Zuckerberg’s narrow worldview, the careless privacy culture he cultivated, and the staggering ambitions he chased with Sandberg.
On Tuesday came perhaps the biggest example of where this often careless vaccine skepticism can lead.The GOP’s vaccine skeptic wing has a breakthrough in Tennessee | Aaron Blake | July 13, 2021 | Washington Post
While I understand there are some areas with persistent problems of uncontrolled fires and careless discarding of hot coals, it would be a true loss to ban fires from all beaches.Environment Report: A Brief, Fiery Investigation of Beach Bonfire Rules | MacKenzie Elmer | May 10, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Set up PIN protectionOpen up your Roku account page on the web and you can add PIN protection to various aspects of the Roku experience—handy if you have young children in the house or just careless housemates.
College dorms are another type of communal living site, and careless students can make matters worse.
Giving prisoners a chance at redemption is a good idea; but we were too careless, and innocent people suffered because it it.
Now “Marie Claire” says “Newsweek” is guilty of careless reporting.Who’s Telling The Truth About Somaly Mam? A Smashed Icon, A Media Brawl—and a Comeback | Lloyd Grove | September 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Victims of careless ‘dox’ attempts say the consequences are miserable.
One hopes we will never have to repeat such a careless cruise ship disaster to find out.
Sometimes an excess of caution is the most careless approach of all.
Of Liszt the first part of this is not true, for if he strikes a wrong note it is simply because he chooses to be careless.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
He hurried to the Hotel d'Ettres; but the scenes of careless gaiety he saw there, seemed only to chafe his mind.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
She is always attired in black, and is utterly careless in dress, yet nothing can conceal her innate elegance of figure.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
Never had Tom seen his gay and careless cousin in such guise: he was restless, silent, intense and inarticulate.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Thus arrayed I fixed myself on the porch, to be smoking my pipe in a careless, indifferent way when she came.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
British Dictionary definitions for careless
done with or acting with insufficient attention; negligent
(often foll by in, of, or about) unconcerned in attitude or action; heedless; indifferent (to): she's very careless about her clothes
(usually prenominal) carefree
(usually prenominal) unstudied; artless: an impression of careless elegance
- carelessly, adverb
- carelessness, noun
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