care|less [ˈkeələs US ˈker-] adj
1.) not paying enough attention to what you are doing, so that you make mistakes, damage things etc
≠ ↑careful
It was careless of him to leave the door unlocked.
a careless mistake
careless driving
careless with
He's careless with his glasses and has lost three pairs.
Careless talk can be disastrous for a business.
2.) [usually before noun]
natural and not done with any deliberate effort or attention
He ran a hand through his hair with a careless gesture.
3.) not concerned about something
careless of
a man careless of his own safety
She gave a careless shrug.
>carelessly adv
>carelessness n [U]
Do not use careless to mean that someone has no worries. Use carefree : They all felt happy and carefree.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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