Definition of careless in English:



  • 1Not giving sufficient attention or thought to avoiding harm or errors.

    ‘she had been careless and had left the window unlocked’
    ‘a careless error’
    • ‘It is not fair on others to behave in a careless, foolhardy fashion.’
    • ‘It has been rendered ineffective by careless road-users, mostly though because it has been partially laid.’
    • ‘Employers have every right to take reasonable steps to protect themselves from harm from malicious or careless workers.’
    • ‘Some commentators have tended to see this judgement as some kind of mistake - as the result of careless Ofsted inspectors.’
    • ‘Even so, it has had too many lulls, been too careless with the football and, with few exceptions, lacked cohesion.’
    • ‘However, you will have crash effects on your car if you get too careless and rough.’
    • ‘And apart from the direct health problems, what about the number who die as a result of fires started by careless smokers?’
    • ‘The police blame it on the rash drivers and careless pedestrians.’
    • ‘Young, brash and careless they are guilty of making basic errors.’
    • ‘Locked in their cells most afternoons, the breeders grew restless and consequently careless in their actions.’
    • ‘If one person makes a mistake or gets careless, the results can be catastrophic.’
    • ‘I have been careless and not paid attention, talking too much and letting you get the advantage, you young rascal.’
    • ‘Sadly, however, it seems this made people a little more careless and as a result syphilis in many areas is on the rise again.’
    • ‘The problem is that the current Republican Party may be socially conservative but fiscally it is careless.’
    • ‘Pray that whatever has caused them to be so careless doesn't harm them or someone else.’
    • ‘He was often careless with tactical dispositions and as a result, his army lost thousands of men.’
    • ‘When he came to write up his travels in 1790 he was careless with his original notes, with the result that critics claimed he had penned a work of fiction.’
    • ‘She had been careless up until then, spraying errors far and wide, but when Serena went home, the errors cleared up.’
    • ‘In the hospital Mack asked if she knew the careless devil that had thrown the cigarette end.’
    • ‘Instead, they appear to result from the mere garbling of details by careless writers.’
    inattentive, incautious, negligent, remiss
    shoddy, slapdash, slipshod, scrappy, slovenly, unconsidered, amateurish, negligent, lax, slack, wild, disorganized
    thoughtless, unthinking, insensitive, indiscreet, unguarded, ill-advised, ill-considered, ill-thought-out, unwise, misguided, incautious, inadvertent, rash, foolhardy
    negligent in, mindless of, heedless of, improvident about, unconcerned about, indifferent to, oblivious to
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    1. 1.1 (of an action or its result) showing or caused by a lack of attention.
      ‘he admitted careless driving’
      ‘a careless error’
      • ‘But a series of careless errors let the Scots back in the game, with the final indignity being the bizarre own goal.’
      • ‘Although the collision was the result of careless driving by the defendant, the injury to the plaintiff was exacerbated by the fact he had deliberately chosen not to wear a seat belt.’
      • ‘Of course it's good to get things right, but I'm afraid we're all capable of careless errors at times.’
      • ‘Many question why these errors happen and whether they occur as the result of careless practices.’
      • ‘The foremost cause of death in young men is not drink, fighting in the streets, careless driving or even drugs, though they may play a part.’
      • ‘Fire figures show that on average at least one person dies each year during Diwali celebrations as a result of careless use of candles.’
      • ‘I mean, his behavior was, according to this, indiscrete at best, careless at worse.’
      • ‘Another gift try was conceded when careless passing resulted in an interception, and so it went on as the home side failed to halt the flow of points against them.’
      • ‘One result of careless scapegoating is that there is little or no time spent asking and answering the hard questions.’
      • ‘Consider the parent who has the misfortune of having to care for a critically injured child over a long period as a result of a careless driving incident.’
      • ‘He emerged as the great hope in 2001, then spent the next 12 months standing still, and his career is littered with careless errors and lame excuses.’
      • ‘In planning a quilt, my reaction to this ordered system has always been a reckless measuring which produces careless results.’
      • ‘Under the Road Traffic Act, a person shall not drive a vehicle in a public place without due care and attention, commonly known as careless driving.’
      • ‘In some cases, the performances were careless, humdrum or lacked lustre.’
      • ‘Some surface damage may also result from careless disc handling or simply from bad luck.’
      • ‘It looks as though Salisbury's careless talk may have cost her both her job and her freedom.’
      • ‘Cognitive blanks are the sporadic result of careless reading, I knew.’
      • ‘And, yes, there were tragic accidents to mar it, resulting from careless handling of the fireworks.’
      • ‘Why 100,000 Americans die each year in our nation's hospitals as a result of careless medical mistakes.’
      • ‘He sometimes tries to do too much, which leads to careless decisions that can result in fumbles and interceptions.’
      • ‘They held their discipline, were running hard in the last few minutes and, despite a few careless errors and some touches of naivety, were never dull.’
    2. 1.2careless of/about Not concerned or worried about.
      ‘he was careless of his own safety’
      • ‘No one suggests that the government should be casual or careless about the terrorists in our midst.’
      • ‘The three main parties focus on these ‘swing’ voters and the issues that concern them, careless of the views of the rest of us.’
      • ‘If he really was careless of his integrity he would have stayed in Hollywood and jumped through the hoops that the studio bosses demanded.’
      • ‘The home to which Manesquier takes his new friend is clearly that of a wealthy man, careless of his surroundings.’
      • ‘He was ill educated, unintelligent, lacking in common sense, careless of his duties, immoral, emotionally retarded and lazy.’
      • ‘Who can take seriously the human dignity of a man who was careless of the human dignity of millions of his subjects?’
      • ‘Their prevalence suggests that we are careless of our environment and of the environmental image we convey.’
      • ‘Does your drinking make you careless of your family's welfare?’
      • ‘He may be careless of the careers of his colleagues but even the most virulent press frenzy is unlikely to budge him.’
      • ‘The writer was incorrigibly careless of diction and unable, as his letters reveal, even to spell ‘grammar,’ to say nothing of mastering it.’
      • ‘But how can it claim to uphold standards of broadcasting excellence when its own production methods are evidently so careless of craft skills?’
      • ‘We're careless of each other, we want different things, and yet we're stuck together, in it for the long haul.’
      • ‘That made him careless about liberty and willing to use the authority of the state to create the sort of society he wanted to see.’
      • ‘People of all nations and faiths know that we are all vulnerable to terror, which by its nature is careless of its targets and indifferent to human life.’
      • ‘I was trying to help end the killing and the war, but there were times when I was thoughtless and careless about it and I'm… very sorry that I hurt them.’
      • ‘Even as a young, curious, apparently altruistic man, my grandpa was always quite careless of the feelings and needs of others close to him.’
      • ‘Why we should be so careless of the nutrition, the physical and psychological health, and the education of so many of the country's future citizens seems incomprehensible.’
      • ‘Yet still, the sense that this is a ‘private’ public space remains very important to me, so I feel alternately uncomfortable about and careless of the possibility of being recognized.’
      • ‘A society that is careless about animals' pain is likely to be casual about human suffering.’
      • ‘See now, rounding the headland, a forlorn hopeless bird, trembling black wings fingering the blowy air, dainty and ghostly, careless of the scattering salt.’
      unconcerned about, apathetic about, apathetic towards, uncaring about, casual about, nonchalant about, offhand about, uninterested in, uninvolved in, uninvolved with
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    3. 1.3 Showing no interest or effort; casual.
      ‘she gave a careless shrug’
      • ‘Finally he handed it over with a careless shrug.’
      • ‘Many parents reported being exhausted and confused by the lack of information support and careless approach.’
      • ‘Deciding that it was either now or never, I shrugged my shoulders in a careless manner, as if it were no big deal.’
      • ‘Bad smart casual is when a man mixes inappropriate pieces in a careless manner.’
      • ‘He shrugged his slender shoulders in a careless manner still staring at her irately.’
      • ‘She gave her head a careless shake, and as a result very nearly pitched herself off her seat.’
      • ‘Parsons shrugged his shoulders and gave Bradley a careless look.’
      • ‘The careless, the casual, the thoughtless reader will come away from them no wiser than he was before.’
      • ‘Finally he gave a careless shrug, dropping the man's head with a thud that predicted a headache the next day.’
      • ‘He often did that, and as usual, her only reaction was a careless laugh.’
      • ‘So we covered 1,500 kilometres and more - the actual spots seldom reveal themselves to a casual or careless traveller.’
      • ‘Many security breaches result from a careless or indifferent attitude in the office.’
      • ‘And the portraits, however careless they seem are not exactly casual snaps.’
      • ‘His casually careless attire and an ‘I care a damn attitude’ attract more attention.’
      • ‘Or else our future generations are certainly going to pay the price for our careless, negligent and easygoing approach to the whole issue.’
      • ‘‘I never felt like I belonged in that world,’ he says with a careless shrug.’
      • ‘Slowly we get used to the careless mentality I have known for so long, a casual, easy-going laziness.’
      • ‘It was weird that she was staying here, nonchalant and careless, after the events that night.’
      • ‘As he read the novel, its nihilism and careless insensitivity to Nazi anti-Semitism were shocking, even abominable.’
      • ‘Shrugging in a careless way, Leanne yet again, flung her mother aside and stepped outside onto the street.’
      unstudied, artless, casual, effortless, unconcerned, nonchalant, insouciant, languid, leisurely, informal
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Old English carlēas ‘free from care’ (see care, -less).