careless

adjective
care·​less | \ ˈker-ləs How to pronounce careless (audio) \

Definition of careless

1a : free from care : untroubled careless days
b : indifferent, unconcerned careless of the consequences
2 : not taking care My brother was too careless of his charge.— Shakespeare
3 : not showing or receiving care:
a : negligent, slovenly careless writing
b : unstudied, spontaneous a careless grace a careless glance
c obsolete : unvalued, disregarded

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Other Words from careless

carelessly adverb
carelessness noun

Examples of careless in a Sentence

He is a careless worker. She was careless with my things. It was a careless mistake. a newspaper known for careless reporting
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Recent Examples on the Web He also had been arraigned for careless driving, court records show. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2021 The Wolverines have made careless mistakes in each of the three games this past week. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, 8 Mar. 2021 Turnovers were aplenty as the careless mistakes piled up both from a physical and mental standpoint. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, 18 Jan. 2021 Chile’s health minister admitted in March that the careless behavior of holidaymakers caused the spike in infections and that authorities should have been clearer that vaccines alone are not a panacea. Luke Taylor, Scientific American, 5 May 2021 The experience has left Watts, the Republican Party treasurer for the 6th Congressional District, blasting other party members for being careless about the pandemic and for not holding the meeting virtually. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2021 The Celtics were incredibly careless with the ball in the first half. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Apr. 2021 Everyone else is seemingly following those two guys’ lead and being entirely too careless with the ball. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Mar. 2021 Also, Doncic is more careless with the basketball, averaging 4.2 turnovers compared to 3.1 for Lillard. oregonlive, 20 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of careless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for careless

see care entry 1

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The first known use of careless was before the 12th century

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2 Jun 2021

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“Careless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/careless. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for careless

careless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of careless

: not using care : not careful
: done, made, or said without enough thought or attention

careless

adjective
care·​less | \ ˈker-ləs How to pronounce careless (audio) \

Kids Definition of careless

1 : not taking proper care a careless worker
2 : done, made, or said without being careful a careless mistake
3 : carefree

Other Words from careless

carelessly adverb
carelessness noun

careless

adjective
care·​less

Legal Definition of careless

: not showing due care : negligent careless driving — compare reckless

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