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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 carelessly

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  • "Sing the song you gave us the other night at our house," he said carelessly.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Carelessly he stepped to the back of the stall, touching Westley as he passed.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • "That has not yet been decided," replied Kingozi carelessly.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Already, he had carelessly dropped the thoughtfulness by which he had won her.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • "And before we know who she is to be," said Mrs. Beaumont, carelessly.


British Dictionary definitions for carelessly

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 carelessly

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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