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as in:  a cavalier attitude

I always knew her cavalier attitude toward the law would get her in trouble.
  given to arrogant disregard of others or of consequences
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cavaliers cavalier cavalierly
More rarely (and more archaically), "cavalier" is used as a noun to reference a gallant or courtly gentleman — especially a royalist supporter of Charles I during the English Civil War.
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  • I always knew her cavalier attitude toward the law would get her in trouble.
  • a cavalier attitude toward the budget deficit
  • The islanders looked upon the people who made this cavalier appropriation of their shores with mingled feelings of fear and detestation.
    Herman Melville  --  Typee
  • Half the officers who sat in it had served through the Revolution, and their lives, not to say their necks, had been risked for the very idea which he so cavalierly cursed in his madness.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country

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  • "Seven," Newt snapped, showing his disapproval of the cavalier attitude.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • I was a little annoyed by his cavalier departure, but I soon forgot about it, for it was now late afternoon and all the wolves were becoming restless as the time approached for the males to set off on the evening hunt.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • He was a true cavalier, with his fine embroidered coat, his commanding air, and the wealth of dark curls that flowed over his velvet collar.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "I know you thought I was being very cavalier about my husband’s personal safety, but I can assure you that I think about it a lot."
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Furthermore, it appeared that in all likelihood if I played my cards right, remained the cool exotic Cavalier squire whom Leslie had found so maddeningly aphrodisiacal at our first encounter, if I committed no hapless blunders, this God— or perhaps Jehovah-bestowed gift would become part of a steady, even daily functioning arrangement.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It’s a curled, flowing mustache, like a cavalier’s, with a graceful goatee to match.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • I sound cavalier, like executions are something I face on a regular basis.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Despite the importance of this research, many scientists seemed cavalier about their cultures.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Sophie looked surprised by his cavalier attitude.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He had, he felt, treated Mrs. Hubbard rather cavalierly.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Nor was that wonderful, seeing how cavalier had been the captain’s answer.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Each time I leap, I land a little more cleanly, a little more cavalierly.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Franz (the young cavalier), and the sober-minded cow followed them closely.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Sounding Mr. Cruncher, and finding him of her opinion, Miss Pross resorted to the Good Republican Brutus of Antiquity, attended by her cavalier.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Villona played a waltz for Farley and Riviere, Farley acting as cavalier and Riviere as lady.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • That little explosion should cure those fairies of their cavalier attitude.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • A cavalier, mounted on a large steed, might be about ninety feet high.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • I wondered if I would ever be able to sound so cavalier about the "vegetarian" vampire diet.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • There were a great many ladies and some of Nicholas’ Moscow acquaintances, but there were no men who could at all vie with the cavalier of St. George, the hussar remount officer, the good-natured and well-bred Count Rostov.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And with overpowering compliments her handsome cavalier led her back to the place whence he had taken her, and where Luigi awaited her.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • In cavalier attendance upon the school of females, you invariably see a male of full grown magnitude, but not old; who, upon any alarm, evinces his gallantry by falling in the rear and covering the flight of his ladies.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • She stood back and viewed him with pride, thinking that even Jeb Stuart with his flaunting sash and plume could not look so dashing as her cavalier.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He reined up grandly, waved the hat in one long slow swop, bowed halfway down off the horse-a broad sweeping cavalier’s gesture.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Do you fancy because you have heard Monsieur de Treville speak to us a little cavalierly today that other people are to treat us as he speaks to us?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Collis Clay out of the South edged a passage between the closely packed tables and greeted the Divers cavalierly.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Marguerite contrived for the moment to evade her present attentive cavalier, and she skirted the fashionable crowd, drawing nearer to the doorway, against which Sir Andrew was leaning.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The spring came slowly, the new menage settled down, and Elaine arranged a tournament for her cavalier.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • When I saw my charmer thus come in accompanied by a cavalier, I seemed to hear a hiss, and the green snake of jealousy, rising on undulating coils from the moonlit balcony, glided within my waistcoat, and ate its way in two minutes to my heart’s core.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "Halt, rascals, and yield me that wench!" suddenly shouted in a voice of thunder, a cavalier who appeared suddenly from a neighboring square.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Am I correct in supposing that you intend to be a cavalier to one of the ladies?
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • The incomprehensible language and the unpromising looks of our cavalier only increased the ladies’ laughter, and that increased his irritation, and matters might have gone farther if at that moment the landlord had not come out, who, being a very fat man, was a very peaceful one.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He was a youth again in feeling—a cavalier in action.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • And then Spoade said they were goingsomewhere, would not be back until late, and Mrs Bland would need another cavalier.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • That he might make his appearance before his mistress in the true style of a cavalier, he borrowed a horse from the farmer with whom he was domiciliated, a choleric old Dutchman of the name of Hans Van Ripper, and, thus gallantly mounted, issued forth like a knight-errant in quest of adventures.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • It was as though the very cold and uncompromising conviction which propped him upright, as it were, between puritan and cavalier, had become not defeated and not discouraged, but wiser.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • She rewarded her cavalier with a smile, the cheery glow of which was seen reflected on his own face as he reentered the vehicle.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Dr. Juvenal Urbino imitated her with good humor, making a cavalier’s flourish with his top hat, but he did not win the compassionate smile he had hoped for.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • But to go attended by a cavalier—that makes a difference.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Mancuso frowned at his chart, nervous at being forced to pilot the massive submarine in so cavalier a manner.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Why should I take you back after the cavalier way you treat people who are grieving for their loved ones?
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • This gentleman was one of those whom the Irish call a calabalaro, or cavalier.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Seest thou not yon cavalier who cometh toward us on a dapple-gray steed, and weareth a golden helmet?
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • She would have liked to live in some old manor-house, like those long-waisted chatelaines who, in the shade of pointed arches, spent their days leaning on the stone, chin in hand, watching a cavalier with white plume galloping on his black horse from the distant fields.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Careful to hide their feelings, they nevertheless bristled at his cavalier attitude toward his wife and daughter.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Whom have you got for a cavalier tomorrow?
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Rosier lingered a moment till Pansy came in sight on the arm of her cavalier; he stood just long enough to look her in the face.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
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