AskDefine | Define carelessness

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1 the quality of not being careful or taking pains [ant: carefulness]
2 failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances [syn: negligence, neglect, nonperformance]

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  1. lacking care
    This accident was caused by carelessness.



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Extensive Definition

Carelessness is lack of concern about the consequences of an action, and by extension, the behavior that results from that lack of concern.
Carelessness has been hypothesized to be one possible cause of accident-proneness.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abandon, absentmindedness, accidia, acedia, aloofness, apathy, ataraxia, ataraxy, blowziness, blunderheadedness, blundering, boggling, boredom, botchery, botching, bungling, caprice, careless abandon, casualness, chintziness, cursoriness, desperateness, detachment, devil-may-careness, disinterest, disinterestedness, dispassion, disregard, disregardfulness, distraction, dowdiness, easiness, easygoingness, flightiness, flippancy, forgetfulness, frivolousness, frowziness, frumpishness, fumbling, furiousness, giddiness, grubbiness, haste, hastiness, heedlessness, hotheadedness, hurriedness, impassiveness, impassivity, impetuosity, impetuousness, impotence, imprecision, inadvertence, inadvertency, inattention, inattentiveness, inconsiderateness, inconsideration, incuriosity, incuriousness, indifference, indifferentism, indifferentness, indiscrimination, inexcitability, inobservance, insouciance, intellectual inertia, lack of affect, lack of foresight, lack of interest, lackadaisicalness, laxity, laxness, laziness, leniency, levity, lightmindedness, listlessness, looseness, loosening, messiness, mindlessness, muffing, negligence, nonchalance, nonobservance, oblivion, obliviousness, offhandedness, overeagerness, overenthusiasm, overindulgence, overpermissiveness, overzealousness, perfunctoriness, permissiveness, pococurantism, precipitance, precipitancy, precipitateness, precipitation, precipitousness, recklessness, regardlessness, relaxation, relaxedness, remissness, seediness, shabbiness, shallowness, shoddiness, slackness, slatternliness, slipshodness, sloppiness, sloth, slovenliness, slovenry, sluttishness, softness, sordidness, sprezzatura, squalidness, squalor, stolidity, superficiality, tackiness, tactlessness, tawdriness, thoughtlessness, too many cooks, unalertness, unanxiousness, unawareness, unconcern, unconsciousness, unheedfulness, uninquisitiveness, unintentiveness, uninterestedness, unmindfulness, unneatness, unobservance, unpreparedness, unreadiness, unrestraint, unsolicitousness, unsolicitude, unthinkingness, unthoughtfulness, untidiness, unwariness, unwatchfulness, wantonness, weakness, wildness, withdrawal
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