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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

First recorded in 1820–30; from French, equivalent to in- in-3 + souciant, present participle of soucier “to worry,” from Vulgar Latin sollicītāre (unrecorded), 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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