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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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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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 As Toyota and all the other automakers will tell you (especially in the wake of those YouTube videos of reckless showoffs trusting their Teslas a little too much), these are not self-driving technologies. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "The Road Trip Had to Get Worse Before It Could Get Better," 2 Jan. 2019 For example, most of the ills of the housing market leading up to 2008 were marked by lending practices that ranged from irresponsible to downright reckless. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Housing market signaled potential future downturn in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 McKenzie was charged Monday with six counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of driving under the influence causing serious injury as well as allegations involving open containers, reckless driving and speeding, authorities said. Brady Mccombs, The Seattle Times, "5 of the 6 killed in Utah highway crash were from Honduras," 22 Oct. 2018 Brents has ongoing court cases for reckless driving and two counts of driving without a license. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Former Waggener star Jairus Brents enrolls, awaiting NCAA clearance," 13 July 2018 McKeller was arrested and booked on charges of unlawful flight from law enforcement, reckless driving, exceeding 85 mph on a highway and failure to drive in one lane, officials said. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Driver suspected of carrying migrants arrested after I-10 pursuit," 29 June 2018 Marquis Ortiz Namyslowski, 20, is in Polk County Jail and facing multiple charges, including driving under the influence, reckless driving and assault, according to Oregon State Police. Corlyn Voorhees, OregonLive.com, "Driver in Highway 99 accident faces DUI, reckless driving charges," 3 June 2018 Farris Koroma, 22, was arrested on charges of criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, police said. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Man turns self in after New York City high-rise apartment shootings, police say," 24 Aug. 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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