careless

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adjective care·less \-ləs\

Definition of careless

  1. 1 a :  free from care :  untroubled <careless days> b :  indifferent, unconcerned <careless of the consequences>

  2. 2 :  not taking care

  3. 3 :  not showing or receiving care: a :  negligent, slovenly <careless writing> b :  unstudied, spontaneous <a careless grace> 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

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of careless

before 12th century


CARELESS Defined for English Language Learners

careless

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adjective care·less \-ləs\

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

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adjective care·less \ˈker-ləs\

Definition of careless for Students

  1. 1 :  not taking proper care <a careless worker>

  2. 2 :  done, made, or said without being careful <a careless mistake>

  3. 3 :  carefree

carelessly

adverb

carelessness

noun

Law Dictionary

careless

adjective care·less

Legal Definition of careless

  1. :  not showing due care :  negligent <careless driving> — compare reckless



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