Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by or paying little heed; unmindful or thoughtless. See Synonyms at careless, impetuous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. unaware, without noticing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Without heed or care; inattentive; careless; thoughtless; unobservant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without heed; inattentive; careless; thoughtless; regardless; unobserving.
  • Synonyms Remiss, etc. (see negligent); unmindful, inconsiderate, unobservant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by careless unconcern
  • adj. marked by or paying little heed or attention

Etymologies

heed +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • "Courage," I cried in English, heedless of the consequences.

    The Great White Queen A Tale of Treasure and Treason

  • I could not help liking the sea to a coquette, so indifferent and heedless is it to the strange emotions it raises in the breast of man.

    Nellie Bly's Book: Around the World in Seventy-Two Days

  • The late adversaries, warmed to affection at the sight of him, joined in heedless confusion, and surrounded him; the women kissed his hands, and the edges of his garments; nay, his horse received tribute of their embraces; some wept their welcome; he appeared an angel of peace descended among them; and the only danger was, that his mortal nature would be demonstrated, by his suffocation from the kindness of his friends.

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  • The financial crisis was not the result of a 'perfect storm' of unforeseeable economic events, but of blameworthy conduct, of what Franklin Roosevelt called 'heedless greed,' for which there has been too little accountability.

    HUFFPOST HILL - Republicans Demand Urine

  • By that standard, it's hard to call heedless subprime mortgage credit a social good.

    No More Financial Katrinas

  • It speaks vividly for a kind of heedless determi nation shown by masses of other illegal immigrants, an enormous number of whom have been caught, after tortuous journeys through the most inhospitable terrain, and deported yet, despite all, have returned to try again.

    Battle for the Border

  • I remember this kind of heedless spending in the face of illness; buttoning my fly; showering; dressing; shaving.

    David Rakoff's 'Half Empty' Worldview Is Full Of Wit

  • But Lawford, quite unmindful of the shock, continued in a kind of heedless reverie to watch, as he combed, the still visionary thoughts that passed in tranced stillness before his eyes.

    The Return

  • Meshoppen, Pa., showed "heedless" disregard for the "huge risk" she created when she fired her rifle after sunset on Sept. 14, 2006.

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