Failure to give sufficient attention to avoiding harm or errors; negligence: most road accidents are caused by carelessness on the part of motorists
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- The defenders were slow to get back on the goal line and the Monaghan team captain took advantage of Mayo carelessness.
- Only a passing comment, but such carelessness has probably wrecked my son's future as a prize-winning novelist.
- It would be a shame if I let my own carelessness ruin other people's efforts to do good by recycling.
inattention, inattentiveness, heedlessness, thoughtlessness, negligence, improvidence, remissness; forgetfulness, absent-mindedness; irresponsibility, impetuosity, recklessness, rashness; laxity, laxness, slackness; clumsiness, ineptitude; oversight, omission, dereliction