Microsoft Word is telling me that is isn't.

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

3 Answers 3


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

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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, 2011 at 20:41
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    I stand corrected. It is a word. Albeit a very seldomly used one.
    – Kevin
    Apr 5, 2011 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? Jul 4, 2011 at 0:44

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.


For an alternative that, to me, has a slightly different connotation from "carelessly", how about "incautiously"?

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