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Microsoft Word is telling me that is isn't.

If it isn't, what is a suitable alternative?

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No, it isn't. Carelessly is the word you are looking for.

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+1 ahh, now I should have known that, really! –  JD Isaacks Apr 5 '11 at 20:20
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Well — uncarefully is a word; but it’s a very rare one, and carelessly is almost certainly a better choice. –  PLL Apr 5 '11 at 20:41
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I stand corrected. It is a word. Albeit a very seldomly used one. –  Kevin Apr 5 '11 at 20:43
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If you stand corrected in your comment, shouldn't you either delete the answer, or at least amend the text in it so it says what you now accept? –  FumbleFingers Jul 4 '11 at 0:44
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For an alternative that, to me, has a slightly different connotation from "carelessly", how about "incautiously"?

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Carelessly is much more common, and, generally, you should use it, but, yes, uncarefully is a word. Google Books shows it was used by Richard Bulstrode (died 1711) and has been in use ever since.

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