- (archaic) Free from care; unworried, without anxiety. [from 11thc.]
1851 October 18, Herman Melville, chapter 27, in The Whale, 1st British edition, London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 14262177; Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, 14 November 1851, OCLC 57395299::
- Good-humored, easy, and careless, he presided over his whale-boat as if the most deadly encounter were but a dinner, and his crew all invited guests.
- Not concerned or worried (about). [from 11thc.]
1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter IV, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 24962326:
- "He was here," observed Drina composedly, "and father was angry with him." ¶ "What?" exclaimed Eileen. "When?" ¶ "This morning, before father went downtown." ¶ Both Selwyn and Lansing cut in coolly, dismissing the matter with a careless word or two; and coffee was served—cambric tea in Drina's case.
- Not giving sufficient attention or thought, especially concerning the avoidance of harm or mistakes. [from 16thc.]
Jessica was so careless that she put her shorts on backwards.
- See also Thesaurus:careless
not concerned or worried — see carefree
not giving sufficient attention or thought
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