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cavalier (adj) not giving something the importance due to it; not caring about others' feelings; arrogant.

Your treatment of others in a cavalier manner is your not caring about their feelings. When you are cavalier in your manner, you do not care if you hurt others' feelings by being rude to them or by behaving in an arrogant manner. A cavalier attitude is an uncaring attitude. Also, if you do not give something the importance it deserves, you are cavalier in your attitude. For example, if a government does not take proper interest in the problems of the old, it shows the government's cavalier attitude to the problems of the old. That is, the government does not consider it important.

  • The cavalier attitude of the doctor, which resulted in the permanent damage of the patient's right eye, landed her in a $5 million lawsuit.
  • Emmanuel's arrogance in making his visitors wait inordinately long for him, even as he expects favors from them, shows his cavalier attitude.
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