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

Definition of heedless

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

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 His physicality is that of a precocious but heedless kid. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 4 Feb. 2022 Both fighters went out swinging in a brutal fifth round that concluded with 30 seconds of heedless swinging and slinging. Greg Beacham, ajc, 23 Jan. 2022 On the whole, however, the GET-THIN saga is a story of the breakdown of the medical regulatory system at the state and federal levels, and of heedless corporations in the medical device and health insurance fields. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2021 Friedkin shot much of the film (including the high-speed chase scene under Brooklyn’s D elevated-train platform) without permits, with a heedless verve that might’ve gotten people killed had one or two things gone wrong. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 Christie confirms how heedless Trump and his Administration were about COVID—masks were scorned in the White House—and, predictably, many officials and visitors, including Trump and Christie, got sick. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2021 The indications are inescapable that the bill for decades of heedless human activity is coming due. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2021 And Europe’s headlong, heedless rush into renewables will? Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 17 Oct. 2021 The pinball machine really would be spending in the sense that Republicans characterize Democrats’ plans—heedless, ill-thought, selfish. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 24 Sep. 2021 See More

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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 16 May. 2022.

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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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