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 That can be interpreted as the Suns play fast, but are careless in their haste. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "How pace, turnovers and youth can make or break Phoenix Suns in NBA restart," 8 July 2020 One careless player can not only derail his team, but the entire league. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "'No idea what to expect': All eyes on Major League Baseball as Spring Training 2.0 gets underway," 2 July 2020 The lush photos taken at the event looked careless to some attendees after the fact. Washington Post, "The virus didn’t stop a Washington socialite from throwing a backyard soiree. Then the tests came back positive.," 1 July 2020 He was charged with careless driving, not carrying a license and driving without insurance, but ultimately wasn’t convicted. USA Today, "These Black teens are turning 18 in Tamir Rice’s America," 22 June 2020 It’s not just Giardia that can bring a careless hunter or hiker to a compromising position. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Survival Guide to Finding and Purifying Water," 19 June 2020 That careless answer reminds me of my own profession. Joel Webber, WSJ, "Will Lawyers Act With Honor After Covid?," 2 June 2020 But staffers familiar with the situation say the move was rushed and careless in execution, and has endangered the lives of thousands at facilities that for months had successfully beat back the virus. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus and prisons: Prisoners went weeks without testing before transfers to San Quentin, Corcoran," 8 June 2020 Though careless play can allow rising water levels wreak devastation on these nations, Gathering Storm does give players plenty of tools to deal with elevated carbon levels. Steven T. Wright, Ars Technica, "From Zelda to Civ to Frostpunk—can climate change be fun?," 5 June 2020

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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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19 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Careless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/careless. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for careless

careless

adjective
How to pronounce careless (audio)

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

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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