Definition of carelessly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkeələsli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkerləsli//
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  1. 1without giving enough attention and thought to what you are doing, so that you make mistakes or damage things Someone had carelessly left a window open. The fire was started by a carelessly discarded cigarette.
  2. 2in a way that shows no interest or effort She threw her coat carelessly onto the chair. ‘I don't mind,’ he said carelessly.
  3. Word Familycare noun verbcareful adjective (careless)carefully adverb (carelessly)caring adjective (uncaring)