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 Dictionary entry overview: What does careless mean? 

CARELESS (adjective)
  The adjective CARELESS has 3 senses:

1. marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful
2. effortless and unstudied
3. (usually followed by 'of') without due thought or consideration

  Familiarity information: CARELESS used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

CARELESS (adjective)

Sense 1careless [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful

Context examples:

careless about her clothes / forgotten by some careless person / a careless housekeeper / careless proofreading / it was a careless mistake / hurt by a careless remark


offhand; offhanded (casually thoughtless or inconsiderate)

negligent (marked by insufficient care or attention)

incautious (carelessly failing to exercise proper caution)

heedless; reckless (characterized by careless unconcern)

haphazard; slapdash; slipshod; sloppy (marked by great carelessness)

casual; cursory; passing; perfunctory (hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough)


imprudent (not prudent or wise)

superficial (being or affecting or concerned with a surface; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually)

negligent (characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern)

unconcerned (lacking in interest or care or feeling)

incautious (lacking in caution)

inattentive (showing a lack of attention or care)


carefulness (the quality of being careful and painstaking)


careful (exercising caution or showing care or attention)

Sense 2careless [BACK TO TOP]


Effortless and unstudied

Context examples:

an impression of careless elegance / danced with careless grace


artless (simple and natural; without cunning or deceit)

Sense 3careless [BACK TO TOP]


(usually followed by 'of') without due thought or consideration


regardless; careless

Context examples:

careless of the consequences / crushing the blooms with regardless tread


heedless; thoughtless; unheeding (marked by or paying little heed or attention)

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