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 Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was hit with three misdemeanors for operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile device, driving outside a lane and careless driving, Emily Sovell, deputy Hyde County state’s attorney, told reporters. NBC News, "South Dakota AG who fatally struck man with car charged with misdemeanors, no felonies," 18 Feb. 2021 Eddings is charged with felony fleeing, reckless driving, possession of an instrument of a crime, first-degree criminal mischief, careless and prohibited driving, second-degree assault and use of another person’s property to facilitate a crime. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "State trooper injured while pursuing suspect," 17 Jan. 2021 The longer the pandemic goes on, the more careless people are likely to get. Maggie Fox, CNN, "Can the arrival of new coronavirus variants scare Americans into better pandemic behavior?," 30 Jan. 2021 Shark fins, meanwhile, often are loaded onto cargo ships at sea, many of them bound for China, where inspections may be infrequent or careless, according to EJF. National Geographic, "Wildlife crimes and human rights abuses plague Taiwanese fishing vessels, crews say," 25 Nov. 2020 Luke Glendening, usually defensively sound, was a minus-3 and was serving time for a careless penalty when Pius Suter scored the second of his three goals. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings need more from regulars or things will start looking like last year," 24 Jan. 2021 If there was defamatory and malicious information in the paper, or a careless disregard for the truth, the newspaper was responsible, could be sued, and had to pay those damaged. Arkansas Online, "Going too far," 17 Jan. 2021 Forwards make careless passes, and defensemen make mistakes that put their goalie in a tough spot. Washington Post, "Goalies can make or break an NHL season," 14 Jan. 2021 The driver was cited for careless operation on private property and possession of marijuana. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, "Drunk man passes out in gas station bathroom: North Ridgeville police blotter," 9 Jan. 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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26 Feb 2021

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“Careless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/careless. Accessed 28 Feb. 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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