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Meaning of “careless” in the English Dictionary

"careless" in British English

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carelessadjective

uk   /ˈkeə.ləs/  us   /ˈker-/
  • careless adjective (NO ATTENTION)

B1 not taking or ​showing enough ​care and ​attention: My son's ​teacher says that his ​work is often ​rather careless. He made a careless ​remark (= one made without ​thinking) about her ​appearance that really ​upset her.

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carelessly
adverb uk   us   /-li/

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B2 He told me off for ​driving carelessly.
carelessness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of careless from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"careless" in American English

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carelessadjective

 us   /ˈkeər·ləs/
  • careless adjective (WITHOUT ATTENTION)

not using enough ​care: Careless ​driverscauseaccidents. My son’s ​schoolwork is often careless and ​sloppy.
carelessly
adverb  us   /ˈker·lə·sli, ˈkær-/
She carelessly ​left her ​purse on the ​train.
carelessness
noun [U]  us   /ˈker·lə·snəs, ˈkær-/
Carelessness ​leads to ​shoddywork.
(Definition of careless from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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