not paying enough attention to what one does: a careless typist.
not exact, accurate, or thorough: careless work.
done or said heedlessly or negligently; unconsidered: a careless remark.
not caring or troubling; having no care or concern; unconcerned (usually followed by of, about, or in ): careless of the rights of others; careless about one's behavior; careless in speech.
possessed or caused without effort or art; unstudied: careless beauty.
Archaic. free from anxiety.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English carlēas. See care, -less

carelessly, adverb
carelessness, noun
overcareless, adjective
overcarelessly, adverb
overcarelessness, noun

1. inattentive, incautious, unwary, indiscreet, reckless. 2. inaccurate, negligent. 3. unthoughtful, unmindful. 4. thoughtless, forgetful; inconsiderate.

1–4. careful. Unabridged
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careless (ˈkɛəlɪs)
adj (often foll by in, of, or about)
1.  done with or acting with insufficient attention; negligent
2.  unconcerned in attitude or action; heedless; indifferent (to): she's very careless about her clothes
3.  (usually prenominal) carefree
4.  (usually prenominal) unstudied; artless: an impression of careless elegance

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Word Origin & History

O.E. carleas "free from anxiety, unconcerned," from care + -less. Meaning "inattentive, not taking due care" is first recorded 1561, in carelessly.
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Example sentences
And her careless dress and attention-seeking behavior hinted that she had lost control of more than her diabetes.
Careless breeding is awful, but the shelter system could be improved, too.
It's not surprising that the jury determined the university had been careless
  in its investigation.
There is a third way in which you can enjoy maximum privacy but with a safety
  net if your are careless with your key.
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