nonchalance

[non-shuh-lahns, non-shuh-lahns, -luhns]
noun
the state or quality of being nonchalant; cool indifference or lack of concern; casualness.

Origin:
1670–80; < French; see nonchalant, -ance

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nonchalant (ˈnɒnʃələnt)
 
adj
casually unconcerned or indifferent; uninvolved
 
[C18: from French, from nonchaloir to lack warmth, from non- + chaloir, from Latin calēre to be warm]
 
'nonchalance
 
n
 
'nonchalantly
 
adv

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nonchalance
1670s, from Fr. nonchalant, prp. of nonchaloir "be indifferent to, have no concern for" (13c.), from non- "not" + chaloir "have concern for," ultimately from L. calere "be hot" (see calorie). French chaland "customer, client" is of the same origin.
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Example sentences
It chose not to, adding a worry that anti-Semitism displays are being met with
  inexcusable nonchalance.
My nervous attempt at nonchalance was obviously insufficient.
The validity of entire chapters in history are denied with chilling nonchalance.
What is even more astounding is the nonchalance of the clients.
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