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 Placing a performer in such a situation is one of many thoughtless ideas that occur to modern employers with alarming regularity. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Awkward eye contact in the produce section," 26 Dec. 2019 Our Kurdish allies have stood with us for years in fighting ISIS, only to be abandoned by a whimsical, thoughtless presidential decision. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Importance of alternate views (10/10/19)," 13 Oct. 2019 Presents that are more about the giver than the receiver are thoughtless; ones that criticize the receiver are rude. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Turns out, sibling 100 percent doesn’t want gift of DNA test," 15 Jan. 2020 But Tulum is now also synonymous with thoughtless overdevelopment. Lauren Sloss, New York Times, "Is This the Next Tulum?," 24 Dec. 2019 Personal Shopper is Amazon’s version of Stitch Fix, designed to make shopping easier (in my opinion, dangerously thoughtless), but also to collect your data and generate recurring revenue outside of fickle trend fluctuations. Katherine Bernard, New York Times, "My Algorithm Makeover," 15 Oct. 2019 Still, Morrison’s speech repudiated the idea that language uttered by those with good or clear intent would inoculate minorities against the rants of despots or demagogues, ignorant, thoughtless people who espouse racist ideas. Syreeta Mcfadden, The Atlantic, "What Toni Morrison Knew About Trump," 13 Aug. 2019 However understandable the frustration, the thoughtless abandonment of the region would be self-defeating. The Economist, "Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is a blow to America’s credibility," 17 Oct. 2019 These rosy renderings of effortless whooshing hither and yon distract us from what the problem demands: a way forward that prioritizes not thoughtless speed but calibrated efficiency. Wired, "Speed Is Killing the Planet. Time to Focus on Efficiency," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of thoughtless

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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14 Feb 2020

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“Thoughtless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of thoughtless

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


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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