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insouciant

[ in-soo-see-uhnt; French an-soo-syahn ]
/ ɪnˈsu si ənt; French ɛ̃ suˈsyɑ̃ /
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adjective

free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant.

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Origin of insouciant

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

OTHER WORDS FROM insouciant

in·sou·ci·ant·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for insouciant

insouciant
/ (ɪnˈsuːsɪənt) /

adjective

carefree or unconcerned; light-hearted

Derived forms of insouciant

insouciance, nouninsouciantly, adverb

Word Origin for insouciant

C19: from French, from in- 1 + souciant worrying, from soucier to trouble, from Latin sollicitāre; compare solicitous
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