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THOUGHT. The operation of the mind. No one can be punished for his mere thoughts however wicked they may be. Human laws cannot reach them, first, because they are unknown; and, secondly, unless made manifest by some action, they are not injurious to any one; but when they manifest themselves, then the act, which is the consequence, may be punished. Dig. 50 16, 225.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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``An army of volunteers did a great job in dealing with the tide of waste, litter and rubbish so carelessly and thoughtlessly strewn around by a few,'' said RCT council's cabinet member for environmental improvement, Coun Adrian Hobson.
"With the ease of posting on Facebook or online chatting, many teens give in to venting their anger thoughtlessly, without concern for the feelings of others."
The piece was actually written for Sue Johnston who plays Sal Vine, the practice nurse whose doctor husband rather thoughtlessly keels over and dies.
The recent crackdown is part of an ongoing borough-wide approach to ensuring that vulnerable people are not placed at risk of injury by thoughtlessly erected advertising signs.
I rather thoughtlessly went to see Tim Burton's adaptation of the Roald Dahl book on the Sunday afternoon of the opening weekend.
The last straw for Sadie came when he thoughtlessly drank the last of the coffee.
I would like to thank the person who thoughtlessly robbed my grandson.
We spend hours down there and put in a lot of work and these people have just thoughtlessly destroyed it."
There are a hundred things that we buy quite thoughtlessly every day, such as matches, for instance, and it rarely occurs to people to ask for British matches.
WELL DONE to Gary Marshall for apologising to the families he insulted so thoughtlessly.
Dr Davies, of Penistone, South Yorks, fought back tears as he admitted he had acted "stupidly, thoughtlessly and unwisely".
It's not the gum that causes problems, but users who dispose of the stuff so thoughtlessly. Rather than taking draconian action, schools should be encouraging pupils to act responsibly.