1) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ with n If you are careless, you do not pay enough attention to what you are doing, and so you make mistakes, or cause harm or damage.

I'm sorry. How careless of me...

Some parents are accused of being careless with their children's health...

Mr Clarke had pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

Derived words:
carelessly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

She was fined ₤100 for driving carelessly...

The fire is believed to have been started by a carelessly discarded cigarette.

carelessness N-UNCOUNT

The defence conceded stupid goals through sheer carelessness.

2) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ of/about n If you say that someone is careless of something such as their health or appearance, you mean that they do not seem to be concerned about it, or do nothing to keep it in a good condition.

He had shown himself careless of personal safety where the life of his colleagues might be at risk...

She's careless about her hygiene...

That shows a fairly careless attitude to clothes, doesn't it?

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe someone's movements as careless, you mean that they are relaxed or confident, and do not seem to require much effort or thought. [LITERARY]

With a careless flip of his wrists, he sent the ball quickly on its way.


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