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care·less

careless

 
pronunciation:
ker lihs
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not cautious or attentive enough; negligent (often fol. by "with," "about," or "in").
He's still a careless driver even after receiving numerous traffic tickets.If I hadn't been so careless with my phone, I wouldn't have lost it.You shouldn't be so careless about where you walk at night.I was careless in saying that, and now I think I'm in trouble with the boss.
synonyms:
inattentive, neglectful, negligent, remiss
antonyms:
attentive, careful, deliberate, exact
similar words:
cavalier, derelict, harum-scarum, imprudent, inadvertent, incautious, lax, mindless, off guard, perfunctory, rash, reckless, slack, slipshod, thoughtless, unwise, vagabond
definition 2: imprecise or incomplete.
They did a careless job of painting and got a lot of paint on the floor and the woodwork.
synonyms:
imprecise, incomplete, perfunctory, sloppy
antonyms:
careful, meticulous, scrupulous, thorough
similar words:
hit-or-miss, inferior, messy, slapdash, slipshod, slovenly, unfinished
definition 3: marked or caused by lack of forethought or consideration.
Some careless errors on her resume made a bad impression on the job interviewer.Just a few careless words can damage a friendship.
synonyms:
inadvertent, offhand, thoughtless, unthinking
antonyms:
diligent, thoughtful
similar words:
accidental, casual, cavalier, glib, ill-advised, lax, unintentional, unplanned, unwitting
definition 4: unconcerned; indifferent (usu. fol. by "of", "in," or "about").
He was careless of his sister's feelings when he said those things.The nurse was cold and careless in the way she spoke to my father.He'd always been a bit careless about the impression he made on other people.
synonyms:
casual, inattentive, inconsiderate, indifferent, perfunctory, thoughtless, unconcerned, unthinking
antonyms:
careful, considerate, precise, punctilious, studious, thoughtful
similar words:
cavalier, devil-may-care, flippant, heedless, impolite, lackadaisical, lax, negligent, rude, slack, tactless, uncivil, unmindful
definition 5: effortless; natural.
I envied her careless poise.
synonyms:
casual, easy, effortless, natural
similar words:
free and easy, spontaneous, unaffected
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