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reckless

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adjective reck·less \ˈre-kləs\

Simple Definition of reckless

  • : not showing proper concern about the possible bad results of your actions

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of reckless

  1. 1 :  marked by lack of proper caution :  careless of consequences

  2. 2 :  irresponsible <reckless charges>

recklessly adverb
recklessness noun

Examples of reckless in a sentence

  1. He is a wild and reckless young man.

  2. He showed a reckless disregard for the safety of others.

  3. He spends money with reckless abandon.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of reckless

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of reckless

adventurous, venturesome, daring, daredevil, rash, reckless, foolhardy mean exposing oneself to danger more than required by good sense. adventurous implies a willingness to accept risks but not necessarily imprudence <adventurous pioneers>. venturesome implies eagerness for perilous undertakings <venturesome stunt pilots>. daring implies fearlessness in courting danger <daring mountain climbers>. daredevil stresses ostentation in daring <daredevil motorcyclists>. rash suggests imprudence and lack of forethought <a rash decision>. reckless implies heedlessness of probable consequences <a reckless driver>. foolhardy suggests a lack of good sense <the foolhardy sailor ventured into the storm>.

Rhymes with reckless



RECKLESS Defined for Kids

reckless

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adjective reck·less \ˈre-kləs\

Definition of reckless for Students

  1. :  showing lack of caution :  engaging in wild careless behavior

recklessly adverb
recklessness noun



Law Dictionary

reckless

adjective reck·less

Legal Definition of reckless

  1. :  characterized by the creation of a substantial and unjustifiable risk to the lives, safety, or rights of others and by a conscious and sometimes wanton and willful disregard for or indifference to that risk that is a gross deviation from the standard of care a reasonable person would exercise in like circumstances — see also involuntary manslaughter at manslaughter, reckless homicide at homicide, recklessness — compare careless

recklessly adverb




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