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Synonyms for carelessness

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. carelessness, sloppiness(noun)

    the quality of not being careful or taking pains

    slovenliness, soupiness, unkemptness, neglect, sentimentality, muddiness, nonperformance, mawkishness, wateriness, mushiness, sloppiness, drippiness, negligence


  2. negligence, carelessness, neglect, nonperformance(noun)

    failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances

    disuse, neglect, neglectfulness, nonperformance, disregard, sloppiness, negligence



  1. carelessness(noun)

    negligence, inattention


  2. carelessness(noun)

    Lack of care.

    This accident was caused by carelessness.

    negligence, inattention


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. carelessness

    Neglect (Latin nec, not, and lego, gather) is the failing to take such care, show such attention, pay such courtesy, etc., as may be rightfully or reasonably expected. Negligence, which is the same in origin, may be used in almost the same sense, but with a slighter force, as when Whittier speaks of "the negligence which friendship loves;" but negligence is often used to denote the quality or trait of character of which the act is a manifestation, or to denote the habit of neglecting that which ought to be done. Neglect is transitive, negligence is intransitive; we speak of neglect of his books, friends, or duties, in which cases we could not use negligence; negligence in dress implies want of care as to its arrangement, tidiness, etc.; neglect of one's garments would imply leaving them exposed to defacement or injury, as by dust, moths, etc. Neglect has a passive sense which negligence has not; the child was suffering from neglect, i. e., from being neglected by others; the child was suffering from negligence would imply that he himself was neglectful. The distinction sometimes made that neglect denotes the act, and negligence the habit, is but partially true; one may be guilty of habitual neglect of duty; the wife may suffer from her husband's constant neglect, while the negligence which causes a railroad accident may be that of a moment, and on the part of one ordinarily careful and attentive; in such cases the law provides punishment for criminal negligence.

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    default, disregard, disrespect, failure, heedlessness, inadvertence, inattention, indifference, neglect, neglectfulness, negligence, omission, oversight, remissness, scorn, slackness, slight, thoughtlessness

    Neglect of duty, of the child by the parent; there was neglect on the part of the teacher.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. carelessness(n.)

    thoughtlessness, heedlessness, inattention, inadvertence, inconsiderateness, remissness, listlessness

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. carelessness(n)

    unconcern, indifference, negligence, heedlessness, remissness, incaution, nonchalance, inadvertence, laxity, improvidence, inattention, dereliction, indiscretion, recklessness

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  1. List of paraphrases:

    negligence, neglect, recklessness, imprudence, nonchalance

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How to use carelessness in a sentence?

  1. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895, Act I:

    To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

  2. Aaron Brantly:

    Know you are consistently being exposed [ and ] consistently under threat -- not necessarily through any fault of your own but accidental disclosures by companies or carelessness by companies. It requires us in the modern era to be vigilant consistently.

  3. Kristina Rinaldi:

    This isn’t something we normally see on the street — just carelessness for life, it’s horrific.

  4. W. E. Orchard:

    Just as there is a lower carelessness which means death to the soul, so there is a higher carelessness which is the supreme gift of religion. We must all at length rest back upon God.

  5. Noël Coward:

    That strange feeling we had in the war. Have you found anything in your lives since to equal it in strength? A sort of splendid carelessness it was, holding us together.

Translations for carelessness

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  • lehkomyslnost, nedbalostCzech
  • Unvorsichtigkeit, LeichtsinnGerman
  • malzorgeco, senzorgecoEsperanto
  • negligencia, imprudencia, descuidoSpanish
  • incurie, négligenceFrench
  • leibideachtIrish
  • negligenzaItalian
  • onoplettendheid, onvoorzichtigheid, achteloosheidDutch
  • lekkomyślnośćPolish
  • беззаботность, легкомыслие, легкомысленностьRussian
  • nèbriga, nȅmārSerbo-Croatian
  • oaktsamhet, vårdslöshetSwedish

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