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 Across the country, Republican politicians have often opposed efforts to protect wildlife and the environment from heedless development. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 30 June 2021 Backers of the recall have depicted Newsom as a sceptered monarch, sitting on a throne and issuing heedless decrees from Sacramento. Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2021 Today, Mallya’s saga embodies the heedless expansion of Indian companies that left its financial system saddled with heavy losses from bad debts. Megha Bahree, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Former President Donald Trump eliminated his longtime protection at the end of his term, essentially creating a free pass to kill birds with heedless industrial practices. Elizabeth Gray, CNN, 7 June 2021 That’s because businesses focused on maximizing shareholder value cannot chase profits heedless of reputational blowback. Robert Zafft, Forbes, 30 May 2021 So that combination of inadvertent and absolutely calculated heedless behavior has always interested me. Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2021 Most involve a free-floating sense that the United States is a heedless juggernaut and if trade between the two countries — now worth roughly $230 billion a year — is unfettered, there is no telling what Americans will peddle and ruin. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2021 As a practical matter, even the most determined dualist cannot chase profits heedless of reputational blowback. Robert Zafft, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021

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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 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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