- UK [ˈkeə(r)ləs] / US [ˈkerləs]
1)a) a careless person does not think about what they are doing, so they make mistakes, hurt people, or damage thingsit was careless of someone:
Try not to be so careless next time!
It was very careless of you to leave the medicine where the children could get it.b) used about someone's actions
a careless piece of work
careless driving2) formal not thinking or worrying enough about somethingcareless of/about:
an administration that is careless of press freedom3)a) natural and relaxed
a lazy, almost careless gesture
a careless laughb) old-fashioned carefree
It had been a careless, happy time.
UK / US adverb
UK / US noun uncountable
English dictionary. 2014.
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