insouciance

[in-soo-see-uhns; French an-soo-syahns]
noun
the quality of being insouciant; lack of care or concern; indifference.

Origin:
1790–1800; < French; see insouciant, -ance

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insouciant (ɪnˈsuːsɪənt)
 
adj
carefree or unconcerned; light-hearted
 
[C19: from French, from in-1 + souciant worrying, from soucier to trouble, from Latin sollicitāre; compare solicitous]
 
in'souciance
 
n
 
in'souciantly
 
adv

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insouciance
1799, "carelessness, thoughtlessness, heedlessness," from Fr. insouciant, from in- "not" + se soucier "to care," from L. sollicitare "to agitate" (see solicit).
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Example sentences
The insouciance of the bond market reflects a few things.
Lobbied for by designers and musicians, it is intended to convey instant
  insouciance.
With the fiscal crisis in parts of the euro zone barely contained, such
  insouciance seemed odd.
At public meetings or in television interviews he brushes off boos, taunts and
  evidence with a supreme insouciance.
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