thoughtless

adjective

thought·​less ˈthȯt-ləs How to pronounce thoughtless (audio)
1
: lacking concern for others : inconsiderate
rude and thoughtless behavior
a thoughtless remark
2
a
: insufficiently alert : careless
b
: reckless, rash
thoughtless actions
3
: devoid of thought : insensate
thoughtlessly adverb
thoughtlessness noun

Example Sentences

a selfish and thoughtless person always making thoughtless comments that hurt other people's feelings
Recent Examples on the Web And the fact that a market exists for this kind of thoughtless commodification of someone else’s struggle just proves the dark point that Megan has been making all along. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 9 Nov. 2022 Whether thoughtless or deliberate, the cruelty of this is almost unfathomable. Harold Maass, The Week, 19 Sep. 2022 Yet more than 74 million people in 2020 voted for a presidential candidate who was openly corrupt, thoughtless, and illiterate in matters of the U.S. Constitution. John R. Macarthur, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Sep. 2022 Kimmel gave Brunson a thumbs-up for her award but didn’t budge, a decision that was blasted online as rude and thoughtless by some and cited as an example of white-male arrogance by others. Lynn Elber, ajc, 14 Sep. 2022 Facing the ramifications of saying something thoughtless, reckless, or rash can be a daunting prospect for anyone who frequently communicates by typing out messages and then flinging them into the digital ether. Megan Mccluskey, Time, 23 Sep. 2022 Speaking to the Globe in early May, Siegel acknowledged his comments about Lovato were thoughtless. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2022 The way to deal with thoughtless guests is to refrain from inviting them again. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2022 The Mar-a-Lago search warrant showed that Trump has grown more rash, thoughtless, and heedless—and more unfit than ever for the Presidency. David Rohde, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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The first known use of thoughtless was in 1544

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“Thoughtless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thoughtless. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

thoughtless

adjective

thought·​less ˈthȯt-ləs How to pronounce thoughtless (audio)
1
a
: not careful and alert
b
: done without thinking beforehand
thoughtless actions
2
: lacking concern for others : inconsiderate
a thoughtless remark
thoughtlessly adverb
thoughtlessness noun

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