un·​con·​cern | \ ˌən-kən-ˈsərn How to pronounce unconcern (audio) \

Definition of unconcern

1 : lack of care or interest : indifference his unconcern for personal gain
2 : freedom from excessive concern or anxiety

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Examples of unconcern in a Sentence

He has shown a surprising unconcern for his own safety. wore an expression of general unconcern throughout the trial

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Deliverance may have fueled white Northern overconfidence in the efficacy of Reconstruction, and unconcern for freedpeople may have spawned apathy. Gregory Downs, Washington Post, "Why did the North fight the Civil War?," 14 June 2019 In their locker room the colors of mildew, chlorine and athlete’s foot (Angrette McCloskey did the spot-on set), Brigham’s Amy initially seems the classic cool kid, all aggressive unconcern peppered with a few blase cruelties. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Young womanhood sopping wet with bodily fluids in Shotgun’s ‘Dry Land’," 31 May 2018 Their dedication to minority causes, though admirable, looked out-of-touch when paired with a relative unconcern for struggling whites. The Economist, "Democrats have plenty of anger, but few good ideas," 17 May 2018 Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic expressed unconcern about rising prices and the impact of oil rising past $70 a barrel. Natasha Rausch, Bloomberg.com, "Everything You Need to Know This Morning From Daybreak (Podcast)," 7 May 2018 That level of interest/obsession belies the public face of dismissal and unconcern Trump and his people have presented when confronted with the allegations. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The 11 most eye-opening lines in James Comey's 'A Higher Loyalty,' ranked," 13 Apr. 2018 Characters like Girls’ Hannah Horvath and SMILF’s Bridgette Bird — both of whom, like Murphy, embrace accidental single motherhood — embody so much that is horrifying to Trump supporters: comfort with their sexuality, unconcern with male approval. Joy Press, Time, "Murphy Brown Is the Feminist Hero We Needed in 1988 — And in 2018," 1 Mar. 2018 The lesson says that weightlessness—that lightness of bits—demands care and differentiation, not chaos or unconcern. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "The Cute Robot That Follows You Around the City," 28 Feb. 2018 Ivey's seeming unconcern about 2018 is a curious thing to some of the state's longtime political observers. John Sharp, AL.com, "Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey continues 'steady the ship' message, while others want more," 11 June 2017

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First Known Use of unconcern

1684, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unconcern was in 1684

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English Language Learners Definition of unconcern

: lack of care about or interest in something


un·​con·​cern | \ ˌən-kən-ˈsərn How to pronounce unconcern (audio) \

Kids Definition of unconcern

: lack of care or interest

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