• WordNet 3.6
    • adj heedless characterized by careless unconcern "the heedless generosity and the spasmodic extravagance of persons used to large fortunes"- Edith Wharton","reckless squandering of public funds"
    • adj heedless marked by or paying little heed or attention; we know now that it is bad economics"--Franklin D. Roosevelt "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals","heedless of danger","heedless of the child's crying"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Heedless Without heed or care; inattentive; careless; thoughtless; unobservant. "O, negligent and heedless discipline!""The heedless lover does not know
      Whose eyes they are that wound him so."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • heedless Without heed; inattentive; careless; thoughtless; regardless; unobserving.
    • heedless Synonyms Remiss, etc. (see negligent); unmindful, inconsiderate, unobservant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Heedless inattentive: careless
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hédan; Dut. hoeden, Ger. hüten.


In literature:

Presently this thought occurred to me: how heedless I have been!
"A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Part 1." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
But his jeweled thoughts were not cast into ashes of heedlessness or stupidity.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
Miss Schley, however, was not so heedless as the woman she resembled.
"The Woman With The Fan" by Robert Hichens
But Willy rattled on, heedless.
"The Fortune Hunter" by Louis Joseph Vance
Beneath a permanent awning of steel and glass she waited patiently, slender, erect, heedless of the attention she attracted from wayfarers.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
None can say I am remiss, and heedless of thy dismal fate; Love comes to prompt me every hour, he will not let my zeal abate.
"Moorish Literature" by Anonymous
But if heedless waste may have been one of the most venial of their sins, it was the greatest of their blunders.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 5" by Various
But George was too young and too heedless, to supply the place of a monitor, or to draw his thoughts into a more salutary train.
"Precaution" by James Fenimore Cooper
So he resorted to the golf links that summer, heedless and happy.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
Now they were marching grimly forward to another clash of arms, through the blinding dust, heedless of all else but duty.
"Love Under Fire" by Randall Parrish

In poetry:

And while through life we heedless stray,
Surrounded by thy care,
Oh keep us in the temp'rance way,
And save from every snare.
"Temperance Evening Hymn" by John Pierpont
What to her was the song of the robin, or warm
morning light,
As she lay in the trance of the dying, heedless of
sound or sight?
"Marguerite" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Without a thought, or fear, they shut
The narrow gates of sense;
Heedless and quiet, in slumber turn
Their strength to impotence.
"Sleep" by Walter de la Mare
Hunted thro' thy native grounds,
Or flung reward to human hounds;
Each one pull'd and tore his share,
Heedless of thy deep despair.
"The Wake of William Orr" by William Drennan
THOU art sleeping or at play,
Happy one! pretty one!
Laughing, lisping, far away,
Heedless of the salt-sea spray,
Happy one! pretty one!
"The Oceanides XI" by Mary Jane Jewsbury
He sports, he trifles time away,
Till time is his to waste no more:
Heedless he hears the surges play,
And then is dashed upon the shore.
"Life fleeting and vain" by John Bowring

In news:

Heedless Rush to Oil Shale.
Heedless Rush to Oil Shale .
A prominent financier argues that the heedless assertion of American power in the world resembles a financial bubble—and the moment of truth may be here.