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 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, "Michigan GOP official blames maskless colleagues for his covid-19: ‘Masks and vaccines shouldn’t be political’," 16 Apr. 2021 The Celtics were incredibly careless with the ball in the first half. BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics don’t have the size to stop 76ers giant Joel Emiid, and other observations," 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, "‘We haven’t accomplished s---’: Utah Jazz say it’s wake-up time after playing their worst game of the season," 18 Mar. 2021 Also, Doncic is more careless with the basketball, averaging 4.2 turnovers compared to 3.1 for Lillard. oregonlive, "Damian Lillard, who handled All-Star slight with class, faced uphill battle from the start: How timing, voting and perception worked against him," 20 Feb. 2021 But the team was incredibly careless with the ball, negating its hot shooting at every turn with bad passes and botched dribbles. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "LeBron James, Anthony Davis save Lakers in double-OT from another loss to Pistons," 6 Feb. 2021 With 17 turnovers, their most since March 4, this was as careless as the Clippers have played in weeks. Los Angeles Times, "Injury-hobbled Clippers can’t hold back Magic in streak-dissolving loss," 30 Mar. 2021 The answer is decades of careless water policy that actually encourages extravagant use over careful conservation. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Robert Gehrke: Utah is in a severe drought and we must act," 27 Mar. 2021 Some officials blamed the resurgence on careless Americans. J. Alexander Navarro, Scientific American, "People Gave Up on Flu Pandemic Measures a Century Ago When They Tired of Them—and Paid a Price," 26 Mar. 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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9 May 2021

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“Careless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/careless. Accessed 17 May. 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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