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Examples of insouciance in a Sentence
wandered into the meeting with complete insouciance to the fact that she was late
Recent Examples of insouciance from the Web
Last night, the actress elevated her rumpled waves with thoughtful—and playful—additions that proved insouciance is an attitude, not simply an unstudied aesthetic ease.
That, though, is twice the maximum a liver ought to be kept chilled for transplant, and almost three times the nine-hour limit generally preferred—hence Dr Coussios’s insouciance at the hospital back in 2013.
Regardless of the season, a beribboned updo, particularly one executed with a sense of ease, begets a beauty look awash in old world charm and, at its best, a spirit of insouciance.
But the funds tell an important story of the future president’s insouciance toward due diligence and business partner choices at a time when unmonitored cash was flooding out of Russia and other former Soviet states.
The ceremony had for years been slipping into oblivion thanks to its general attitude of insouciance: In good times, its identity as a bacchanal heavy on substance use but light on substance had been cute fun.
Rockwell's sauntering physicality and goofy insouciance have seldom been put to better use.
The Fed’s continued insouciance will allow the ECB and Bank of England to avoid being bounced into premature tightening at their own policy meetings today.
Detail #2: the halo of frizz near her center part, which, besides showing that celebrities are at least minimally susceptible to humidity, adds a dose of insouciance.
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Did You Know?
Don't worry - be insouciant. Perhaps your mind will rest easier if we explain that English speakers learned "insouciance" from the French in the 1700s (and the adjective "insouciant" has been part of our language since the 1800s). The French word comes from a combination of the negative prefix in- and soucier, meaning "to trouble or disturb." "Soucier" in turn traces to "sollicitus," the Latin word for "anxious." If it seems to you that "sollicitus" looks a lot like some other English words you've seen, you're right. That root also gave us "solicit" (which now means "to entreat" but which was once used to mean "to fill with concern or anxiety"), "solicitude" (meaning "uneasiness of mind"), and "solicitous" ("showing or expressing concern").
INSOUCIANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of insouciance for English Language Learners
: a relaxed and calm state : a feeling of not worrying about anything
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