Definition of thoughtless in English:



  • 1(of a person or their behavior) not showing consideration for the needs of other people.

    ‘it was thoughtless of her to have rushed out and not said where she would be going’
    • ‘Children at a Keighley primary school will stage a demonstration next week aimed at stopping thoughtless parents parking outside their school.’
    • ‘I can't believe you were so thoughtless as to stay gone in the forest this late?’
    • ‘A wheelchair-bound resident has been stopped from leaving her home by thoughtless motorists.’
    • ‘You will soon understand my feelings towards thoughtless drivers and their mobile phones.’
    • ‘This means being respectful of their rights and not insulting them through arrogant or thoughtless behaviour.’
    • ‘Isn't it dreadful to see all the hard work by so many people being undone by a small bunch of thoughtless individuals.’
    • ‘I hope the people responsible read this and realise how distressing their thoughtless behaviour is, particularly for people with pets.’
    • ‘Such disrespect for the religious beliefs and religious art practices of others is the sign of an ignorant and thoughtless person.’
    • ‘Babies' lives were put at risk by thoughtless parents leaving them in hot parked cars.’
    • ‘Lucy sat, mentally reprimanding herself for being such a thoughtless friend.’
    • ‘However, litter is still a big problem caused by a few thoughtless individuals who cannot or do not want to see or use the litter bins.’
    • ‘At present he is doing well, is a happy boy and loves the school, and its superb caring teachers - what right have these mean-minded, thoughtless characters to take it all away?’
    • ‘The thoughtless selfishness of politicians really disgusts me.’
    • ‘These thoughtless people should have to fork out, say £10, for missing their appointment without reasonable notification.’
    • ‘When they are admonished they become very high handed and abusive as though we have no right to complain about their thoughtless behaviour.’
    • ‘I thought it was kind of thoughtless of her to bring that subject up now, especially if she thought I liked Jake.’
    • ‘Thieves are thoughtless at the best of times, but vandalism for the sake of vandalism is just pointless.’
    • ‘But the players have also suffered from thoughtless motorists churning up the pitch by driving cars on it apparently for fun.’
    • ‘The thoughtless motorist and motorcyclist need educating on how to pass and approach a horse and rider on our lanes.’
    • ‘For those of us living in quiet, residential parts of the borough, where parking attendants are never seen, the actions of some thoughtless people are endangering lives.’
    inconsiderate, uncaring, heedless, unmindful, regardless, insensitive, uncharitable, unkind
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    1. 1.1 Without consideration of the possible consequences.
      ‘to think a few minutes of thoughtless pleasure could end in this’
      • ‘The brazen birds are becoming bolder by the year, encouraged by litter from takeaway meals and thoughtless people who throw them food.’
      • ‘Wars often come about as a result of aggressive, reckless, thoughtless, and deliberate acts by statesmen.’
      • ‘Thoughtless passing and careless play was in evidence at this stage.’
      • ‘We think they are too thoughtless and laid-back, they think we are cunning and manipulative.’
      • ‘As a result he may be complacent or thoughtless about the consequences of what he says, for himself or others.’
      • ‘It is a thoughtless act and its consequences lead Bruno to grow up for the first time.’
      • ‘Careless, thoughtless or reckless behaviour is a factor in 14% of crashes’
      • ‘Yes, it was thoughtless and professionally negligent - but which of us, hand on heart, can say that we have never been either of these things?’
      • ‘There was a time when I was more thoughtless about the things I said, and I was rebellious.’
      • ‘Against this background, it seems thoughtless if not rash of the museum to display this most controversial of exhibits.’
      • ‘But I know she's suffering the consequences of my stupidity, my thoughtless actions.’
      • ‘They frantically seek acceptance, but rash and thoughtless actions can bring them up short on occasion.’
      unthinking, heedless, careless, unmindful, absent-minded, injudicious, ill-advised, ill-considered, imprudent, unwise, foolish, silly, stupid, reckless, rash, precipitate, negligent, neglectful, remiss
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