What does carelessness mean?

Definitions for carelessness

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word carelessness.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. carelessness, sloppinessnoun

    the quality of not being careful or taking pains

  2. negligence, carelessness, neglect, nonperformancenoun

    failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances


  1. carelessnessnoun

    Lack of care.

    This accident was caused by carelessness.

  2. Etymology: From *, from carleasnes, equivalent to.


  1. carelessness

    Carelessness is the lack of attention or consideration given to a task or responsibility, often resulting in mistakes, accidents, or damage. It refers to the state of being negligent, reckless, or indifferent to the consequences of one's own actions, often because of haste or a lack of focus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carelessnessnoun

    the quality or state of being careless; heedlessness; negligenece; inattention

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. carelessness

    1. To have an eye on Eternity, wherein nothing matters. 2. To do a thing in the manner of a god who throws dice for the birth or death of a universe. 3. To perform an act wisely, but not too well.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce carelessness?

How to say carelessness in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of carelessness in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of carelessness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of carelessness in a Sentence

  1. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895, Act I:

    To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

  2. Isabelle Papadimitriou:

    Isabelle Papadimitriou undeserving death is due to the carelessness of the politicians who continue to hedge their bets on the lives of healthcare workers through a lack of leadership, through a refusal to acknowledge the severity of this crisis, and through an inability and unwillingness to give clear and decisive direction on how to minimize the risks of the coronavirus.

  3. President Obama:

    There’s carelessness in terms of managing emails, that Hillary Clinton has owned, and Hillary Clinton recognizes.

  4. Mohammed Farashuddin:

    It seems to be a case of extreme carelessness.

  5. Boris Johnson:

    We cannot just sit back and watch as priceless endangered species are wiped off the face of the earth by our own carelessness and criminality, we are ramping up UK efforts with a new action plan to save the natural world. And I'd like to see leaders in New York this week pledge to do the same.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for carelessness

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for carelessness »


Find a translation for the carelessness definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"carelessness." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 24 May 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/carelessness>.

Discuss these carelessness definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for carelessness? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    go on board
    A embark
    B conceal
    C depend
    D blur

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for carelessness: