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Careless, 1) free from cares or anxiety: “c. infancy,” Wiv. V, 5, 56. “with such a c. force and forceless care,” Troil. V, 5, 40. “youth no less becomes the light and c. livery,” Hml. IV, 7, 80.
2) heedless, regardless: “c. lust stirs up a desperate courage,” Ven. 556. “a c. herd jumps along by him,” As II, 1, 52. “every thing about you demonstrating a c. desolation,” III, 2, 400. “too c. patient as thou art,” R2 II, 1, 97. “what my grandsire got my c. father fondly gave away,” H6C II, 2, 38. “c. heirs,” Per. III, 2, 28. -- Followed by of: “a c. hand of pride,” Compl. 30. “c. of thy sorrowing,” Pilgr. 398. Meas. IV, 2, 150. Shr. IV, 2, 79. H4B IV, 4, 29. H6C IV, 6, 86. Tit. I, 86.
3) in a passive sense, == not cared for, indifferent: “to throw away the dearest thing he owed, as 'twere a c. trifle,” Mcb. I, 4, 11. “or I will throw thee from my care for ever into the staggers and the c. lapse of youth and ignorance,” All's II, 3, 170.
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