reckless

adjective
reck·​less | \ ˈre-kləs How to pronounce reckless (audio) \

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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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 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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Recent Examples on the Web Fuller was cited for reckless driving and released. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Strong Arm of the Law; San Diego officers, deputies turn to force more often when minorities are involved," 11 Apr. 2021 Suellentrop is being charged with felony fleeing and eluding police, misdemeanor driving under the influence, reckless driving, and two traffic infractions for speeding and driving the wrong way on a highway, according to the Kansas City Star. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Kansas GOP leader allegedly calls officer 'doughnut boy' in DUI stop," 9 Apr. 2021 This sentence sends a terrible message about the seriousness of reckless driving, racial justice and equal protection under the law. Reggie Moore, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Sentence in the death of Milwaukee community leader Ceasar Stinson sends exactly the wrong message," 8 Apr. 2021 Binger was arrested Tuesday on charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and reckless driving. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Woman pulled from wreck said she was alone in car, police say. Her passenger burned to death.," 8 Apr. 2021 Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving and checked into a clinic to get help with prescription medication and a sleep disorder. Arkansas Online, "Tiger Woods was speeding before crashing SUV, sheriff says," 7 Apr. 2021 Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving and checked into a clinic to get help with prescription medication and a sleep disorder. Stefanie Dazio, Anchorage Daily News, "Tiger Woods was driving almost double the speed limit before SUV crash, sheriff says," 7 Apr. 2021 Powers and Villanueva also addressed why Woods was not charged with a crime or cited for reckless driving or speeding. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Tiger Woods was driving as fast as 87 mph, nearly twice the speed limit, before he crashed," 7 Apr. 2021 García-Santos faces charges of reckless driving causing serious bodily injury and giving false information to police. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, "Osceola sheriff calls for funding to expand traffic unit after child killed in street race crash," 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of reckless

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

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The first known use of reckless was before the 12th century

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18 Apr 2021

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“Reckless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reckless. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce reckless (audio) \

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

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