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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The lawsuit alleges that the defendants were reckless, careless and negligent. Elliot Lewis, NBC News, 3 Aug. 2022 Founders who only chase money and are careless in their choice of investors are making a big mistake. Roman Kumar Vyas, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Leon was suspended last week by Ohio Stewards for careless riding during the third race on April 27 at Thistledown Racecourse, the Associated Press reported. Alexandra Schonfeld, PEOPLE.com, 12 May 2022 Two days after riding an 80-1 shot to victory in America's most prestigious horse race, the 32-year-old Venezuelan began a four-day suspension for careless riding that will prevent him from competing again until Friday. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 11 May 2022 Two days after riding an 80-1 shot to victory in America's most prestigious horse race, the 32-year-old Venezuelan began a four-day suspension for careless riding that will prevent him from competing again until Friday. Tim Sullivan, USA TODAY, 11 May 2022 Mario Gutierrez was suspended three days (April 11, 17 and 18) for careless riding while riding Found My Ball in the 12th race on April 3. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2021 Once upon a time, the start of each summer would compel a careless shopping spree. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 25 June 2022 Golden State had its careless moments as well but responded with enough poise to recover. New York Times, 17 June 2022 See More

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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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13 Aug 2022

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“Careless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/careless. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for careless

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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