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  1. having or showing no regard; heedless; unmindful (often followed by of).
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  1. without concern as to advice, warning, hardship, etc.; anyway: I must make the decision regardless.
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  1. regardless of, in spite of; without regard for: They'll do it regardless of the cost.
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Origin of regardless

First recorded in 1585–95; regard + -less
Related formsre·gard·less·ly, adverbre·gard·less·ness, noun
Can be confusedirregardless regardless (see usage note at irregardless)

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Historical Examples of regardless

  • They did what they wanted to do regardless of how it affected their neighbours or their friends.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Regardless of possibly near-by elk, I raised a frightened, yell.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • Solon, regardless of his cooling kitchen, stood at the door and watched her.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • But Mary, regardless of maternal cacklings, sped after the doctor as he turned his horse.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Good-night,’ and marched off to bed, regardless of the ‘Walking too fast!

British Dictionary definitions for regardless


  1. (usually foll by of) taking no regard or heed; heedless
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  1. in spite of everything; disregarding drawbacksto carry on regardless
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Derived Formsregardlessly, adverbregardlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for regardless


"indifferent," 1590s, from regard (n.) + -less. Elliptical for "regardless of consequences, expenses, etc.," from 1872.

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