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Definition of careless adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1not giving enough attention and thought to what you are doing, so that you make mistakes It was careless of me to leave the door open. Don't be so careless about/with spelling. a careless worker/driver opposite careful
  2. 2resulting from a lack of attention and thought a careless mistake/error
  3. 3not showing interest or effort synonym casual She gave a careless shrug. a careless laugh/smile
adverb Someone had carelessly left a window open. She threw her coat carelessly onto the chair. “Whatever,” he said carelessly.
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noun [uncountable] a moment of carelessness
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