careless

adjective care·less \ -ləs \

Definition of careless

1 a :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

carelessly

adverb

carelessness

noun

Examples of careless in a Sentence

  1. He is a careless worker.

  2. She was careless with my things.

  3. It was a careless mistake.

  4. a newspaper known for careless reporting

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Origin and Etymology of careless

see 1care


CARELESS Defined for English Language Learners

careless

adjective

Definition of careless for English Language Learners

  • : not using care : not careful

  • : done, made, or said without enough thought or attention


CARELESS Defined for Kids

careless

adjective care·less \ ˈker-ləs \

Definition of careless for Students

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

carelessly

adverb

carelessness

noun

Law Dictionary

careless

adjective care·less

legal Definition of careless

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


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