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Definitions for careless
ˈkɛər lɪscare·less

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. carelessadjective

    marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful

    "careless about her clothes"; "forgotten by some careless person"; "a careless housekeeper"; "careless proofreading"; "it was a careless mistake"; "hurt by a careless remark"

  2. carelessadjective

    effortless and unstudied

    "an impression of careless elegance"; "danced with careless grace"

  3. careless(p), regardlessadjective

    (usually followed by `of') without due thought or consideration

    "careless of the consequences"; "crushing the blooms with regardless tread"


  1. carelessadjective

    Free from care; unworried, without anxiety.

  2. carelessadjective

    Not concerned or worried (about).

  3. carelessadjective

    Not giving sufficient attention or thought, especially concerning the avoidance of harm or mistakes.

    Jessica was so careless that she put her shorts on backwards.

  4. Etymology: From careles, from carleas, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Carelessadjective

    Etymology: from care.

    Knowing that if the worst befal them, they shall lose nothing but themselves; whereof they seem very careless. Edmund Spenser, Irel.

    Nor lose the good advantage of his grace,
    By seeming cold, or careless of his will. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    A woman the more curious she is about her face, is commonly the more careless about her house. Ben Jonson.

    A father, unnaturally careless of his child, sells or gives him to another man. John Locke.

    Thus wisely careless, innocently gay,
    Cheerful he play’d. Alexander Pope.

    In my cheerful morn of life,
    When nurs’d by careless solitude I liv’d,
    And sung of nature with unceasing joy,
    Pleas’d have I wander’d through your rough domain. James Thomson, Autumn, l. 5.

    The freedom of saying as many careless things as other people, without being so severely remarked upon. Alexander Pope.

    Careless of thunder from the clouds that break,
    My only omens from your looks I take. George Granville.


  1. Careless

    Careless is the second single released by Australian rock group Paul Kelly and the Messengers from their 1989 studio album, So Much Water So Close to Home. The song was written by Kelly and co-produced with Scott Litt. The single was released in November 1989 on the Mushroom Records label. It reached the Top 100 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart. The song was later covered by Renée Geyer on Difficult Woman (1994), Angie Hart on Women at the Well (2002), and Ozi Batla (MC for The Herd) on Before Too Long (2010).


  1. careless

    Careless refers to the lack of proper attention or consideration, resulting in mistakes, accidents, or harm due to neglect or nonchalance. It implies a lack of concern about or interest in the consequences or effects of one's actions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carelessadjective

    free from care or anxiety. hence, cheerful; light-hearted

  2. Carelessadjective

    having no care; not taking ordinary or proper care; negligent; unconcerned; heedless; inattentive; unmindful; regardless

  3. Carelessadjective

    without thought or purpose; without due care; without attention to rule or system; unstudied; inconsiderate; spontaneous; rash; as, a careless throw; a careless expression

  4. Carelessadjective

    not receiving care; uncared for

Editors Contribution

  1. careless

    Careless is a clumsy in a way of not thinking what is good or right.

    Careless is the one who was unmindful or not focus on work.

    Submitted by pinkss5 on September 16, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of careless in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of careless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of careless in a Sentence

  1. Dr Kwakkel:

    They offer a rare glimpse into the informal or private world of medieval monks, personally, I love the thumbprint, which was left by a careless scribe who spilled ink on his work. It seems so fresh and human, yet it happened 700 years ago.

  2. Endpoint Technologies ' Kay:

    They should continue to use commercial servers, but secure them using normal methods, my sense is that they were a little bit careless with their security.

  3. Pope Francis:

    Am I afraid ? You know that I have a defect, a nice of dose of being careless. If anything should happen to me, I have told the Lord, I ask you only to give me the grace that it doesn't hurt because I am not courageous when confronted with pain. I am very timid.

  4. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    There are moments in life, when the heart is so full of emotion That if by chance it be shaken, or into its depths like a pebble Drops some careless word, it overflows, and its secret, Spilt on the ground like water, can never be gathered together.

  5. Albert Einstein:

    Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

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  • небрежен, немарлив, невнимателен, безгриженBulgarian
  • negligent, imprudentCatalan, Valencian
  • nedbalý, lehkomyslný, lhostejnýCzech
  • unachtsam, leichtsinnig, fahrlässig, sorglos, unbekümmert, unvorsichtig, unbedachtGerman
  • ανέμελος, απρόσεκτος, αμελής, απερίσκεπτος, ξέγνοιαστοςGreek
  • malzorgaEsperanto
  • descuidado, despreocupado, negligente, irresponsableSpanish
  • négligent, étourdi, insouciantFrench
  • comaScottish Gaelic
  • figyelmetlen, gondtalan, gondatlanHungarian
  • kærulaus, hirðulaus, kátur, áhyggjulausIcelandic
  • neglegēnsLatin
  • tīrere, pakihahaMāori
  • onbedachtzaam, achteloos, onvoorzichtig, onverschilligDutch
  • despreocupado, desatencioso, descuidadoPortuguese
  • nepăsător, neglijentRomanian
  • беззабо́тный, беспе́чный, небре́жный, невнима́тельныйRussian
  • nèbrižan, nȅmāran, bezbrižanSerbo-Croatian
  • สะเพร่า, ประมาท, ซุ่มซ่ามThai

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