If something is done without consideration, it's done regardless, usually followed by the word "of." Today you can sit wherever you'd like on a bus, regardless of your race, but this wasn't always the case.

The word regardless can also be used as an adverb meaning despite everything. If your speaker had to cancel, you should carry on with the meeting regardless. People sometimes use the word irregardless when they mean regardless. Irregardless is an error resulting from a blend of irrespective and regardless. You may hear people say it, but grammarians consider it to be a mistake.

Definitions of regardless
  1. adverb
    in spite of everything; without regard to drawbacks
    “he carried on regardless of the difficulties”
    synonyms: disregarding, disregardless, irrespective, no matter
  2. adjective
    (usually followed by `of') without due thought or consideration
    “crushing the blooms with regardless tread”
    synonyms: careless
    heedless, unheeding
    marked by or paying little heed or attention
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