non·​cha·​lance | \ˌnän-shə-ˈlän(t)s; ˌnän-shə-ˌlän(t)s, -lən(t)s\

Definition of nonchalance 

: the quality or state of being nonchalant She faced the crowd with the nonchalance of an experienced speaker.

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Examples of nonchalance in a Sentence

with their usual nonchalance they arrived at the wedding ceremony half an hour late

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The bidding was fierce and done mostly by women who raised their placards with practiced nonchalance. Ramin Mostaghim,, "U.S. sanctions hurt, but Iran's wealthy find solace in art," 3 July 2018 In her black bomber jacket and broken Wayfarers, Stewart delivered nonchalance, while Maxwell kept things classic with an oversize Chanel tote and wire-rim frames. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell’s Couple’s Airport Style Is On Point," 5 Apr. 2018 Trump's letter seems to acknowledge as much, with unsettling nonchalance. Jay Willis, GQ, "Donald Trump Cancels North Korea Summit, Placing His Nobel Peace Prize in Serious Jeopardy," 24 May 2018 The mind-warping grace notes of the first season — a black Justin Bieber, the jaw-dropping getaway of an invisible sports car — were deployed with nonchalance. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "‘Atlanta’ Skips a Grade," 11 May 2018 Well, the reactions of Hawaii residents to the Kilauea volcano eruptions, as told to the Washington Post, range from ambivalence to devastation to nonchalance. Aubrey Nagle,, "Trump exits Iran deal, Pa. prepares for primaries | Morning Newsletter," 9 May 2018 But the biggest hit of the St. Augustine Prep sophomore’s life was no time for nonchalance. Phil Anastasia,, "Kenny Levari powers St. Augustine past Bishop Eustace in playoff game," 1 June 2018 The same can be said of Aymeline Valade, Marine Vacth, Adèle Exarchopoulos, and Charlotte Gainsbourg, who elevate rumpled brunette lengths with generally bare faces and an attitude of nonchalance. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Cannes Red Carpet Face-Off: How French vs. American Actresses Do Film Festival Beauty," 10 May 2018 Tresnjak does this artfully by giving the play a few grandiose theatrical moments while also maintaining an air of nonchalance and naturalism. Christopher Arnott,, "Apartheid Drama "A Lesson From Aloes" At Hartford Stage Has Powerful, Relevant Message," 29 May 2018

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1678, in the meaning defined above

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non·​cha·​lance | \ˌnän-shə-ˈläns \

Kids Definition of nonchalance

: the state of being relaxed and free from concern or excitement

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