careless (adj.)

Old English carleas "free from anxiety; unconcerned," from care (n.) + -less; a compound probably from Proto-Germanic (compare Old Norse kærulauss "quit, free"). Original senses extinct by mid-17c. (now in carefree); main modern meaning "not paying attention, inattentive, not taking due care" is attested by 1560s (in carelessly). Meaning "done or said without care, unconsidered" is from 1650s.

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