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Insouciance

[in-SOO-see-əns]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, late 18th century

1.

Casual lack of concern; indifference.

2.

Cheerful feeling with no worries.

Examples of Insouciance in a sentence

"I admire my partner’s insouciance toward traffic and other things that annoy me."

"On the last day of school the children ran out of the building, riding high with insouciance."

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About Insouciance

You might prefer to focus on the breezy, worry-free cheerfulness of insouciance, but it can have a less sunny connotation as well. Someone might be accused of displaying insouciance with careless behavior if they just can’t be bothered.

Did you Know?

Tossing out a “no worries” with a wave would be the perfect demonstration of insouciance. It translates directly from French, with “in” meaning not and “souciant” meaning worrying. Just don’t get “Hakuna Matata” stuck in your head, and you’ll remain carefree.

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