insouciant 1829, from Fr. insouciant "careless, thoughtless, heedless," from in- "not" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (1)) + souciant "caring," prp. of soucier "to care," from L. sollicitare "to agitate" (see SOLICIT (Cf. solicit)). Related: Insouciantly.

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  • insouciant — insouciant, iante [ ɛ̃susjɑ̃, jɑ̃t ] adj. • 1752; de 1. in et soucier 1 ♦ INSOUCIANT DE : qui ne se soucie pas de (qqch.). ⇒ indifférent, insoucieux, oublieux. Insouciant du lendemain, de l avenir, du danger. Ces hommes « fiers de la gloire de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • insouciant — insouciant, ante (in sou si an, an t ) adj. Qui ne se soucie pas d une chose ou des choses. Être insouciant du lendemain. •   On verra dans le monde des maris insouciants qui savent tout et ne se fâchent de rien, GENLIS Veillées du château t. III …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Insouciant — In sou ciant , a. [F.] Careless; heedless; indifferent; unconcerned. J. S. Mill. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • insouciant — index careless, casual, heedless, insusceptible (uncaring), nonchalant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • insouciant — [adj] easygoing, casual airy, breezy, buoyant, carefree, careless, free and easy*, gay, happy go lucky*, heedless, jaunty, lighthearted, nonchalant, sunny*, thoughtless, unconcerned, untroubled, unworried; concepts 404,542 Ant. anxious, high… …   New thesaurus

  • insouciant — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ casually unconcerned. DERIVATIVES insouciance noun insouciantly adverb. ORIGIN French, from in not + souciant worrying …   English terms dictionary

  • insouciant — [in so͞o′sē ənt, in so͞o′shənt] adj. [Fr < in , not + souciant, prp. of soucier, to regard, care < L sollicitare: see SOLICIT] calm and untroubled; carefree; indifferent insouciance n. insouciantly adv …   English World dictionary

  • INSOUCIANT — ANTE. adj. Qui n a aucun souci d une chose, ou qui ne se soucie et ne s affecte de rien. Il est trop insouciant pour ses affaires. Être insouciant du lendemain. C est un homme insouciant. Quelle femme insouciante ! Caractère insouciant …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • insouciant — [[t]ɪnsu͟ːsiənt[/t]] ADJ GRADED An insouciant action or quality shows someone s lack of concern about something which they might be expected to take more seriously. [FORMAL] ...Andy Warhol, who worked with an insouciant disregard for the… …   English dictionary

  • insouciant — adjective /ɪnˈsusiənt/ Carefree, nonchalant, indifferent; casually unconcerned. It was there that on Sunday I had seen the populace disport itself, and it was full of life then, gay and insouciant …   Wiktionary

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