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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His career has looked at self-regulation, self-knowledge, and self-control, exploring topics like smoking and reckless driving among teenagers. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "What do we actually know about the risks of screen time and digital media?," 17 Oct. 2018 Most of Washington has turned a blind eye to CICIG’s reckless disregard for the law—with the notable exception of Rep. Smith and Sens. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "How the U.N. Bullies a U.S. Ally," 23 Dec. 2018 But the airport has also become a symbol of a less savory aspect of Turkey’s modern-day incarnation: its reckless disregard for arithmetic and the independence of critical government institutions. New York Times, "Turkey’s Economy Is So Hot That It May Face a Meltdown," 10 July 2018 There seems no doubt that Trump’s statement was false, defamatory, and at the very least made with reckless disregard for the truth. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Why you can’t penalize all the ‘liars’," 2 May 2018 The outlet reports Cardi B was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors: assault and reckless endangerment. Zoë Weiner, Glamour, "Cardi B Reportedly Just Turned Herself In to the Police," 1 Oct. 2018 Kristina Gibson, of Cobb County, was wanted for misdemeanor reckless conduct and public intoxication charges Wednesday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Fox News, "Georgia mom snuck alcohol into movie theater via son's sippy cup: report," 3 Oct. 2018 Smith faces charges that include reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving after suspension/revocation, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, and driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol. Andres Picon, BostonGlobe.com, "Man flees police, crashes car in Manchester, N.H.," 10 July 2018 Still, while some are calling He reckless, others are calling this a timely and necessary next chapter in the CRISPR story. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Is the CRISPR baby controversy the start of a terrifying new chapter in gene editing?," 22 Jan. 2019

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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 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

Other Words from reckless

recklessly adverb

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