careless vs careful

careless

Definitions

adjective

  1. (usually followed by `of') without due thought or consideration
  2. effortless and unstudied
  3. marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful

Examples

Lateness and carelessness are subjects for complaint.

It was more than that, of course, but she liked the careless sound of the alliteration.

Not that he is preening: he is careless about his blond good looks, a scruffy hipster beard giving maturity to his rather angelic face.

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careful

Definitions

adjective

  1. mindful of the future in spending money
  2. exercising caution or showing care or attention
  3. unhurried and with care and dignity
  4. full of cares or anxiety
  5. cautiously attentive

Examples

First, the entire science of astronomy had depended on careful measurement from the very beginning.

Carefully, she moved a hand forward and eased back the white sheets.

But he has to be a little more careful about how he reacts.

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