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I'm looking for a synonym for blindly and without worry, but without a negative connotation of a word like mindlessly.

I would blindly hand my necklace to Tom to deliver. (without fearing he would steal it)

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    Are you sure you didn't mean I would blithely hand over my necklace? Where blithely implies cheerfully, without any misgivings. I'm not sure what "blindly" would imply, though (without "seeing, being aware of" a potential downside?). Nov 30, 2021 at 16:46
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    Note that in such contexts, blithely often implies naively (which cheerfully normally doesn't). Nov 30, 2021 at 16:52

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I see there is an accepted answer, but since the ask was for a single word, I also want to suggest:

I would freely hand my necklace to Tom to deliver.

I would readily hand my necklace to Tom to deliver.

I would gladly hand my necklace to Tom to deliver.

all of which can mean willingly and without hesitation

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    readily seems like the best out of these options to convey what the original question asked for. To me, it has implications of a deep seated trust. "I would readily hand over my child to my best friend if I were to die" Nov 30, 2021 at 18:10
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There are a number of options.

I would unhesitatingly hand my necklace to Tom to deliver.

Without a second thought, I would hand my necklace to Tom to deliver.

I wouldn't think twice about handing my necklace to Tom to deliver.

I wouldn't hesitate to hand my necklace to Tom to deliver.

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Given the example sentence, the first word that came to my mind is blithely.

lacking due thought or consideration : casual, heedless blithe unconcern a blithe disregard for the rights of others

While 'blindly' doesn't fit perfectly (as 'blithely' implies lack of care while 'blindly' implies lack of ability), I would argue it could still fit if you were to consider it as doing something while blind to the consequences.

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    Exactly what I would have added, if noone had already suggested it.
    – Deepak
    Dec 2, 2021 at 15:50
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Since you're describing your trust in the receiver rather than an indifference to the necklace's well-being I would use this:

I would confidently hand my necklace to Tom to deliver.

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Consider "insouciantly." Wiktionary offers this definition of "insouciant":

Casually unconcerned; carefree, indifferent, nonchalant.

[...]

1913 August, L[ucy] M[aud] Montgomery, “The Christmas Harp”, in The Golden Road, Boston, Mass.: The Page Company, published April 1926, OCLC 150594789, pages 31–32:

When we left the Marr house, he [Peter] had boldly said to Felicity, "May I see you home?" And Felicity, much to our amazement, had taken his arm and marched off with him. […] As for me, I was consumed by a secret and burning desire to ask the Story Girl if I might see her home; but I could not screw my courage to the sticking point. How I envied Peter his easy, insouciant manner!

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  • To me, insouciant has a slightly negative connotation.
    – barbecue
    Dec 2, 2021 at 16:36
  • @barbecue Hm, well, I'd say the same about "blindly."
    – Casey
    Dec 2, 2021 at 16:57
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I suggest:

I would unreservedly hand my necklace to Tom to deliver.

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Both unconcernedly and trustingly lack the negative connotations about the subject (that they're careless) that you wish to avoid.

Beyond that, trustingly has a positive connotation about the subject's view of Tom, while unconcernedly is neutral in that regard. E.g., if you were willing to hand over your necklace to Tom because you didn't care whether he stole it or not, unconcernedly would work, while trustingly would not.

Indeed, unconcernedly is sometimes used to indicate a lack of interest rather than a lack of worry. So some might interpret unconcernedly to mean the reason the subject is giving their necklack to Tom isn't because they trust Tom, but rather because they don't much care what happens to the necklack (unless you've established elsewhere that the necklack has value to them).

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Not an exact synonym, but if slightly informal language is acceptable, (it might be, because clearly this is a sentence someone is speaking aloud) you might emphasise your trust in Tom by saying something along the lines of

I would hand over my necklace for Tom to deliver any day.

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Given the context: either Carelessly or Nonchalantly

Carelessly: in a casual or reckless way; inattentively.

Nonchalantly: in a casual way that shows a relaxed lack of concern or interest.

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    Both of these words have significant connotations that were clearly not intended by the OP. Dec 1, 2021 at 13:20

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