offhanded offhanded


  1. (adj) with little or no preparation or forethought
  2. (adj) casually thoughtless or inconsiderate
  3. (adv) without previous thought or preparation
  4. (adv) in a casually inconsiderate manner


  1. How characteristically Jefferson: an offhanded trope that sublimely captures the central tension of all foreign policy--that between morality and necessity, power and principle.
  2. The statement, an almost offhanded response to a reporter's question, was widely interpreted as a capitulation to Russian nationalists who claim Kozyrev kowtows to the West.
  3. But Bork's offhanded conservatism disillusioned some students.


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  1. "This decision was not easy, it was not simple, and it was not taken in an offhanded way," Olmert said before the start of the Sunday Cabinet meeting.
    on Sep 21, 2008 By: Ehud Olmert Source: USA Today

  2. "Obviously I didn't mean anything by it," Kimmel said Monday. "I have no idea what caused such an uproar. It really was just an offhanded, stupid joke that, if I was in Detroit I probably would have said the same joke about LA" "I was...
    on Jan 31, 2006 By: Jimmy Kimmel Source: USA Today

  3. "In an offhanded way, a DPRK (North Korean) official mentioned that perhaps 30 additional days would be needed because of the current delay" prompted by the blocked funds issue, Richardson said.
    on Apr 11, 2007 By: Bill Richardson Source: Reuters Canada

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