heed·​less | \ ˈhēd-ləs How to pronounce heedless (audio) \

Definition of heedless

: not taking heed : inconsiderate, thoughtless heedless follies of unbridled youth— John DeBruyn

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Other Words from heedless

heedlessly adverb
heedlessness noun

Examples of heedless in a Sentence

They remain heedless of their own safety. the heedless use of natural resources
Recent Examples on the Web The tourists and their heedless behavior alarmed local officials along the Coast, who responded by giving visitors 24 hours to leave, closing campgrounds and parks, and banning many short-term rentals and hotel stays. oregonlive, "Cannon Beach police ask more than 700 visitors to leave the beach over Mother’s Day weekend," 11 May 2020 These heedless mistakes, which could have been catastrophic, fuel her self-chastisement. Heller Mcalpin, Washington Post, "An acclaimed author’s crippling quest for perfection," 13 Mar. 2020 Only the little people This analysis poses a question: why has American tax reform been so heedless of inequality? The Economist, "In the past, America was not as unequal as it has become," 24 Oct. 2019 This is one of those cases in which the GOP is heedless to public sentiment. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: If the Supreme Court doesn’t protect gays from discrimination, Congress should," 18 Oct. 2019 Ellison was either ignorant of, or simply heedless of, Hollywood history, in the carefree manner of someone who is spending someone else’s money. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Vice Producer Going Bankrupt," 12 Aug. 2019 Much the same way a seasoned ship captain like Edward Smith can become the face of heedless seamanship. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Former UAW VP compared to captain of Titanic in plea for leniency," 30 July 2019 The first is lowering pedestrian fear and annoyance of heedless scooter riders zooming by. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Scooters should slow their roll; It’s about moral — not mental — health; Leading fight for fair elections (8/14/19)," 14 Aug. 2019 Or, more relevantly, what is the value of their voice when it is ignored by the unswerving dictate of a heedless authoritarian behemoth? Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "The Disillusion and Frustration of a New Generation is Fuelling Hong Kong’s Protests," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of heedless

1565, in the meaning defined above

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“Heedless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heedless. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce heedless (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of heedless

: not paying careful attention


heed·​less | \ ˈhēd-ləs How to pronounce heedless (audio) \

Kids Definition of heedless

: not careful or attentive : careless She ran out, heedless of the danger.

Other Words from heedless

heedlessly adverb

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