What does careless mean?

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.

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. William McCrea:

    Whether they were intended as a joke or not, the comments are a slur on those who would be known as ‘orange’ i.e. Protestants, when Northern Ireland is making such an effort to make St. Patrick’s Day an inclusive celebration, Joe Biden’s comments were disgraceful and careless.

  2. advice given to Herbert Humphrey by an American Indian from New Mexico:

    Be careful in revising those immigration laws of yours. We got careless with ours.

  3. Raymond Helmick:

    There are a lot of issues, and the school is rather careless about the whole thing.

  4. The FCC:

    It's outrageous that a company would claim millions of taxpayer dollars for doing nothing, this shows a careless disregard for program rules and American taxpayers. I have asked our Enforcement Bureau to investigate this matter to determine the full extent of the problem and to propose an appropriate remedy.

  5. Lot Chakonza:

    Choose to take care of the careless and you will end up having nought

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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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