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 My husband was so angry at me and accused me of being thoughtless, cold and hurtful to his parents. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Husband’s mad because you’re not accepting his parents’ castoffs," 30 Apr. 2020 Because now, with COVID-19, the result of our sometimes thoughtless, sometimes greedy behavior is hurting US. Babak Tafreshi, National Geographic, "Trespassing, vandalism rise in U.S. national parks," 14 Apr. 2020 Having random guests over might have been considered thoughtless in the past, and now has people on edge, fretting the new guy who brought the beer also brought along pandemic germs. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "I’m trying to avoid the pandemic and get work done from home. The problem? Roommates.," 29 Mar. 2020 Her advocacy for extreme, thoughtless environmental policies strikes me as both misguided and sincere. David L. Bahnsen, National Review, "In the End, Warren Was Undone by Her Own Dishonesty," 6 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of thoughtless

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Thoughtless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 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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