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[ri-gahrd-lis] /rɪˈgɑrd lɪs/
having or showing no regard; heedless; unmindful (often followed by of).
without concern as to advice, warning, hardship, etc.; anyway:
I must make the decision regardless.
regardless of, in spite of; without regard for:
They'll do it regardless of the cost.
Origin of regardless
1585-95; regard + -less
Related forms
regardlessly, adverb
regardlessness, noun
Can be confused
irregardless, regardless (see usage note at irregardless)
1. inattentive, negligent, neglectful, indifferent, unconcerned.
1. attentive, mindful. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for regardless
  • Scientists sometimes describe fishermen as racing to catch the last fish, regardless of the harm to vanishing species.
  • Lots of foods take time to prepare regardless of the brilliance and/or tirelessness of the cook.
  • Bottle-feeding, regardless of the formula used, accounted for the differences.
  • But regardless of the ongoing debate over sauropod biology the mount represents, it is an impressive sight.
  • regardless of its type, any fertilizer you buy will come with information about the nutrients it contains.
  • regardless of what holidays you celebrate, the end-of-year festivities are right around the corner.
  • In fact everyone, regardless of race, should feel free to shed a tear and be proud of how far our country has come.
  • The program is open to all regardless of citizenship, but it does not support work toward the completion of a degree.
  • For all practical purposes, they can carry on regardless.
  • It does a good job of keeping the cold out, regardless of how it looks.
British Dictionary definitions for regardless


(usually foll by of) taking no regard or heed; heedless
in spite of everything; disregarding drawbacks: to carry on regardless
Derived Forms
regardlessly, adverb
regardlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for regardless

"indifferent," 1590s, from regard (n.) + -less. Elliptical for "regardless of consequences, expenses, etc.," from 1872.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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