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[heed-lis] /ˈhid lɪs/
careless; thoughtless; unmindful:
Heedless of the danger, he returned to the burning building to save his dog.
Origin of heedless
1570-80; heed + -less
Related forms
heedlessly, adverb
heedlessness, noun
oblivious, indifferent; negligent, uncaring, unconcerned.
cautious, mindful, heedful. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for heedless
  • They, too, can put our lives at risk by being heedless.
  • To others, though, his story was the cautionary tale of a heedless fool.
  • Daring physical feats and heedless accidents shape her choreography.
  • By contrast, fantasy writers are free to roam, fueled by imagination and heedless of the stringent requirements of history.
  • At the height of the subprime folly, there was not enough outside regulation or inner compunction to restrain heedless excess.
  • What one desperately wants to understand are the motivations that prompt such heedless behavior.
  • Remain heedless, and the failing cities will wreck everything else.
  • While there should be no surrender of principle, our task must be undertaken wisely and without heedless vindictiveness.
  • The immense resources of the country are wasted, and its splendid capabilities neglected with heedless recklessness.
  • They and their heedless friends show her the disenchanted kingdom of adulthood.
British Dictionary definitions for heedless


taking little or no notice; careless or thoughtless
Derived Forms
heedlessly, adverb
heedlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for heedless

"without regard," 1570s, from heed + -less. Related: Heedlessly; heedlessness.

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