heedlessness


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heed·less

 (hēd′lĭs)
adj.
Marked by or paying little heed; unmindful or thoughtless. See Synonyms at careless.

heed′less·ly adv.
heed′less·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heedlessness - a lack of attentiveness (as to children or helpless people)
inattention - lack of attention
2.heedlessness - the trait of acting rashly and without prudenceheedlessness - the trait of acting rashly and without prudence
imprudence - a lack of caution in practical affairs
lightheadedness - a frivolous lack of prudence
3.heedlessness - the trait of forgetting or ignoring your responsibilitiesheedlessness - the trait of forgetting or ignoring your responsibilities
attentiveness - the trait of being observant and paying attention
heedfulness, mindfulness - the trait of staying aware of (paying close attention to) your responsibilities

heedlessness

noun
A careless, often reckless disregard for consequences:
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It is but too true, that after leading you into danger by my heedlessness, I have not even the merit of guarding your pillows as should become a soldier.
There is a right way; but we are very liable from heedlessness and stupidity to take the wrong one.
He even tried to get up some emotion about that poor courier, who never got a chance to see anything, on account of my heedlessness.
Vanity, extravagance, love of change, restlessness of temper, which must be doing something, good or bad; heedlessness as to the pleasure of his father and Mrs.
Like many violent and implacable men, he allowed evils to grow under favour of his own heedlessness, till they pressed upon him with exasperating force, and then he turned round with fierce severity and became unrelentingly hard.
The Prince, who now realised what his heedlessness had done, cursed too late his spirit of curiosity.
But, woe is me, I now comprehend what has made thee give so little heed to what thou owest to thyself; it must have been some freedom of mine, for I will not call it immodesty, as it did not proceed from any deliberate intention, but from some heedlessness such as women are guilty of through inadvertence when they think they have no occasion for reserve.
He replied in the most natural and self-complacent style imaginable, "that he had been among his cousins, who were very poor; they had been delighted to see him; still more delighted with his good fortune; they had taken him to their arms; admired his equipments; one had begged for this; another for that"--in fine, what with the poor devil's inherent heedlessness, and the real generosity of his disposition, his needy cousins had succeeded in stripping him of all his clothes and accoutrements, excepting the fig leaf with which he had returned to camp.
And Agamemnon answered, "Sir, you may sometimes blame him justly, for he is often remiss and unwilling to exert himself--not indeed from sloth, nor yet heedlessness, but because he looks to me and expects me to take the lead.
This opinion soon gained ground, being most circulated by those who, by their own heedlessness, had caused the evil; and there was one irresistible burst of the common sentiment that an attempt should he made to punish the offenders.
Most of them, however, were prone to assimilate to the red man in their heedlessness of the future.
There, he had learnt to distinguish between the steadiness of principle and the obstinacy of self-will, between the darings of heedlessness and the resolution of a collected mind.