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[ ri-gahrd-lis ]


  1. having or showing no regard; heedless; unmindful (often followed by of ).

    Synonyms: careless, neglectful, negligent, inattentive

    Antonyms: mindful, attentive


  1. without concern as to advice, warning, hardship, etc.; anyway:

    I must make the decision regardless.


/ rɪˈɡɑːdlɪs /


  1. usually foll by of taking no regard or heed; heedless
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  1. in spite of everything; disregarding drawbacks

    to carry on regardless

“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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Derived Forms

  • reˈgardlessly, adverb
  • reˈgardlessness, noun
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Other Words From

  • re·gardless·ly adverb
  • re·gardless·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of regardless1

First recorded in 1585–95; regard + -less
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Idioms and Phrases

  1. regardless of, in spite of; without regard for:

    They'll do it regardless of the cost.

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Example Sentences

The Clippers have a team that could coast until they really need to turn it on, regardless of the scoreline, and still win.

Customers might think of their competitors as being other companies selling similar services and products, regardless of their organic visibility.

The core service we provide is needed regardless of the pandemic or a recession.

From Fortune

These companies try to provide data on all US adults, regardless of whether they are registered voters.

Beyond that, however, there are some topics, like a 7-days to better skin challenge, that will always have people interested in it, regardless of the time of year.

From Digiday

You expect soldiers of all ranks to understand the need to respect the chain of command, regardless of personal feelings.

Regardless, few had been given any reason to believe they could build a life for themselves beyond the streets.

Regardless of party, those who work in government do so because they care about helping their fellow citizens.

Government agencies will be attempting to keep a close eye on them, regardless.

ALEC attracted corporations that saw an opportunity to push an agenda, regardless of ideology.

Mrs. Wurzel was quite right; they had been supplied, regardless of cost, from Messrs. Rochet and Stole's well-known establishment.

In the evening the little theatre is illuminated regardless of expense, a fabulous sum being expended on extra lamps.

Regardless of where they were he bent over to take her in his arms—when she suddenly withdrew her hand from his.

Such an admission, coming from her brave lips, warned Frank that he must call a halt regardless of loss of time.

In the United States any person, regardless of residence, citizenship or age may obtain a patent.


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