thoughtless

adjective
thought·​less | \ ˈthȯt-ləs How to pronounce thoughtless (audio) \

Definition of thoughtless

1 : lacking concern for others : inconsiderate rude and thoughtless behavior a thoughtless remark
2a : insufficiently alert : careless
b : reckless, rash thoughtless actions
3 : devoid of thought : insensate

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Other Words from thoughtless

thoughtlessly adverb
thoughtlessness noun

Examples of thoughtless in a Sentence

a selfish and thoughtless person always making thoughtless comments that hurt other people's feelings
Recent Examples on the Web Not wanting to kill these magnificent fish thoughtless, saltwater aquarium owners dumped them into the Atlantic Ocean. John Christopher Fine, sun-sentinel.com, "Lionfish menace continues | Opinion," 9 Apr. 2021 The van looked as though a thoughtless giant had stepped on it. David Browne, Rolling Stone, "‘I’m Afraid She Didn’t Make It’: Richard Thompson Recounts Harrowing Accident in New Memoir," 30 Mar. 2021 This is the kind of absurd cultural performance that raises suspicions on Twitter but, shifted just one tab over, powers a thoughtless workout. New York Times, "This Is Your Brain on Peloton," 16 Mar. 2021 In an era of thoughtless consumption, Ottobri believes that anything that requires the energy to create should serve more than one purpose, challenging us not only to use an object but to contemplate its meaning as well. New York Times, "A Provençal Estate That Is a Home and a Gallery," 2 Mar. 2021 That’s not to say that the Blumarine collection was thoughtless. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The New Blumarine Collection Is My Perfect, Kitschy ’00s Fantasy," 25 Feb. 2021 The revelation several weeks back that U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer and two fellow thoughtless politicians, Reps. Jim Hagedorn and Pete Stauber, boarded a public flight after knowingly having been exposed to a potentially deadly virus is shocking. Tawnja Zahradka, Star Tribune, "Emmer is not a leader for all Minnesotans," 15 Oct. 2020 Dear Management: Just as networking through social media makes for many wonderful stories of positive connections, the ability to surreptitiously record encounters and post thoughtless or unfounded complaints can lead to abuse. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "The customer isn’t always right," 8 Mar. 2021 Dear Management: Just as networking through social media makes for many wonderful stories of positive connections, the ability to surreptitiously record encounters and post thoughtless or unfounded complaints can lead to abuse. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Customer’s angry Tweet gets employee fired," 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of thoughtless

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Thoughtless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thoughtless. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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thoughtless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of thoughtless

: not showing concern for the needs or feelings of other people

thoughtless

adjective
thought·​less | \ ˈthȯt-ləs How to pronounce thoughtless (audio) \

Kids Definition of thoughtless

1 : not considerate of others thoughtless behavior
2 : not careful and alert
3 : done without thinking thoughtless actions

Other Words from thoughtless

thoughtlessly adverb
thoughtlessness noun

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