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A.Word.A.Day--insouciant

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insouciant (in-SOO-see-uhnt) adjective

Happily unconcerned; carefree; nonchalant.

[From French insouciant, from in- (not) + souciant, present participle of soucier (to care), from Vulgar Latin sollicitare (to vex), from Latin sollicitus (anxious), from sollus (entire) + citus, past participle of ciere (to move).]

See more usage examples of insouciant in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"[John] Brisker also voiced a strong loyalty to Seattle, the likes of which are rare among many of today's pro athletes who are insouciant about where they play." Robert L. Jamieson Jr.; Former Sonic Forever Shrouded in Mystery; Seattle Post-Intelligencer; Jul 2, 2004.

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