careless

adjective
care·less | \-ləs \

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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Kevin Harrell, 51, of Wilmington, is now charged with operating a motor vessel while impaired and careless and reckless operation of a motor vehicle in connection with the incident, reports the Wilmington Star. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "4 hurt, 3 boats wrecked, 3 docks sliced during chain reaction of havoc at NC coast," 8 June 2018 In addition to the charges, Cofield was also given citations for refusing to submit to a breath test, fleeing and eluding, and careless driving. Michael Williams, OrlandoSentinel.com, "NFL player arrested in Lake Mary on heroin charges after ramming police car, authorities say," 5 July 2018 John Funge of Winton’s San Francisco office says some are careless about privacy. The Economist, "Hedge funds worry about the legal risks of using “alternative” data," 21 June 2018 Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’ – why was DNC so careless? Ryan Teague Beckwith, Time, "Read the 191 Arguments President Trump Has Made Against the Mueller Investigation," 7 June 2018 In addition to the charges, Cofield was also given citations for refusing to submit to a breath test, fleeing and eluding, and careless driving. Michael Williams, OrlandoSentinel.com, "NFL player arrested in Lake Mary on heroin charges after ramming police car, authorities say," 5 July 2018 With Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has opposed key parts of the Voting Rights Act throughout his career, the Trump administration looks poised to take a careless approach. German Lopez, Vox, "With the Supreme Court’s ruling, other states plan to follow Ohio’s lead on voter purges.," 11 June 2018 Sign-up In the early 2010s, when bitcoin was trading under $10, some investors were careless with their PINs. Elliott Krause, WSJ, "A Fifth of All Bitcoin Is Missing. These Crypto Hunters Can Help," 5 July 2018 This is an example of the fear O’odham have to face everyday because BP ravage our communities & are careless with our lives. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Video Shows Border Patrol Car Hitting Native American Man, Then Driving Away," 18 June 2018

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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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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 \

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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