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 Suddenly, the shambling Trump campaign saw a path to victory: branding their opposition as heedless radicals. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Our Eroding Political Norms," 3 Dec. 2020 To take this position of strength and use it primarily to associate your allies with a politically radioactive position requires extraordinary strategic folly and heedless ideological fanaticism. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Failure of Black Lives Matter," 17 Nov. 2020 That Smith — winner of multiple Grammys, belter of slinky Bond themes, heedless dancer in the rain — still gladly lays claim to that clique could feel like a coy pose, a false humility to try on and discard. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Sam Smith embraces pain on the lush Love Goes," 29 Oct. 2020 The virus is utterly heedless of whether its victims are Democrats, Republicans or Independents. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "As election nears, Trump tries to divide Minnesotans," 18 Sep. 2020 But this change is coming from Donald Trump, who seems heedless of his own party. James K. Glassman, National Review, "Drug Price Controls Endanger Seniors," 15 Oct. 2020 Such heedless efforts may help explain why Abe backed off from pushing more drastic economic reforms earlier on, when his mandate was at its strongest. Editorial Bloomberg Opinion, Star Tribune, "Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is leaving office, but his work is unfinished," 2 Sep. 2020 Just his expressionless face and the sharp clink of tiny metal—Mistuss Margery hotly poking at pieces of fish, heedless that no one else had been served. David Wright Faladé, The New Yorker, "The Sand Banks, 1861," 24 Aug. 2020 The alternative would be to plow recklessly ahead, heedless of possible consequences. oregonlive, "Knowing there would be blowback, the Pac-12 made the right decision for the right reasons: Issues & Answers," 12 Aug. 2020

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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 24 Feb. 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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