careless vs regardless what difference

what is difference between careless and regardless

English

Etymology

From Middle English careles, from Old English carlēas (careless, reckless, void of care, free from care, free), equivalent to care +‎ -less. Cognate with Icelandic kærulaus (careless, negligent).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɛəlɪs/, /ˈkɛələs/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɛɹləs/
  • Rhymes: -ɛə(ɹ)ləs

Adjective

careless (comparative more careless, superlative most careless)

  1. Not concerned or worried (about). [from 11thc.]
    • “He was here,” observed Drina composedly, “and father was angry with him.”
      “What?” exclaimed Eileen. “When?”
      “This morning, before father went downtown.”
      Both Selwyn and Lansing cut in coolly, dismissing the matter with a careless word or two; and coffee was served—cambric tea in Drina’s case.
  2. Not giving sufficient attention or thought, especially concerning the avoidance of harm or mistakes. [from 16thc.]
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 49:
      I don’t find the pose of careless youth charming and engaging any more than you find the pose of careworn age fascinating and eccentric, I should imagine.
  3. (archaic) Free from care; unworried, without anxiety. [from 11thc.]
    • Good-humored, easy, and careless, he presided over his whale-boat as if the most deadly encounter were but a dinner, and his crew all invited guests.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:careless

Derived terms

  • carelessly
  • carelessness

Translations

Anagrams

  • acreless, raceless, rescales


English

Etymology

regard +‎ -less

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈɡɑɹd.lɪs/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈɡɑːd.lɪs/

Adjective

regardless (comparative more regardless, superlative most regardless)

  1. Having no regard; heedless; careless.
    • 1843, Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat :
      I grew, day by day, more moody, more irritable, more regardless of the feelings of others.

Synonyms

  • irregardless, irrespective; See also Thesaurus:careless

Derived terms

  • regardless of

Translations

Adverb

regardless (comparative more regardless, superlative most regardless)

  1. Without attention to warnings or indications of bad consequences.
    Tatiana knew the meat had passed its expiry date, but she ate it regardless.

Synonyms

  • anyhow, anyway, at any rate, come what may, in any case; See also Thesaurus:regardless

Translations

Preposition

regardless

  1. (proscribed) Synonym of regardless of; paying no attention to
    Tatiana ate the cauliflower regardless its colour.

Translations

Usage notes

  • The phrase ‘regardless to’ is generally considered incorrect.
  • Phrases ‘regardless if’, ‘regardless of if’ and ‘regardless whether’ are generally considered incorrect, with ‘regardless of whether’ being the preferred wording.

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