reckless

adjective
reck·​less | \ˈre-kləs \

Definition of reckless 

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

2 : irresponsible reckless charges

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Other Words from reckless

recklessly adverb
recklessness noun

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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 a jaunty 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 recklessness that is inconsistent with good sense. the foolhardy sailor ventured into the storm

Examples of reckless in a Sentence

He is a wild and reckless young man. He showed a reckless disregard for the safety of others. He spends money with reckless abandon.
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In the weeks following the revelation, the CEO responsible for the Superfish debacle insisted that no threat existed, despite near unanimity among security professionals that the practice was nothing short of reckless. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Sennheiser discloses monumental blunder that cripples HTTPS on PCs and Macs," 28 Nov. 2018 These particular holidays designate the beginning and ending of summer, where excitement is heightened and young people tend to be more reckless on the road. Katie Robinson, Town & Country, "7 Surprising Labor Day Facts," 31 July 2018 Flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and praise his reckless policies changes nothing. New York Times, "Trump Calls Some Unauthorized Immigrants ‘Animals’ in Rant," 16 May 2018 Prosecutors with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office charged two construction company managers on Thursday with felony assault and reckless endangerment in connection with the accident, which left two ironworkers with disabling injuries. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Two Construction Managers Face Criminal Charges in Crane Accident," 8 Nov. 2018 Hernandez was charged with third-degree assault, third-degree weapons misconduct and reckless endangerment. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Police deploy gas in Midtown standoff before arresting armed man," 13 July 2018 Gaul also pleaded guilty before trial to reckless endangerment. CBS News, "Football player found guilty of killing cheerleader ex-girlfriend," 9 May 2018 For the highway fireworks, Beauchesne now faces charges of reckless driving and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the statement. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Man arrested for drag racing on N.H. highway with child in car; allegedly hit 107 mph," 5 July 2018 Deveno Sturgis was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer causing injury, reckless driving, resisting arrest, several drug possession charges and other charges, police said. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "Cop injured when suspects' SUV dragged him for 100 yards, hit a tree, then flipped," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of reckless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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reckless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of reckless

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

reckless

adjective
reck·​less | \ˈre-kləs \

Kids Definition of reckless

: showing lack of caution : engaging in wild careless behavior

Other Words from reckless

recklessly adverb
recklessness noun

reckless

adjective
reck·​less

Legal Definition of reckless 

: 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

Other Words from reckless

recklessly adverb

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