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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Mark Lucia, 62, of 12 Cree Road, East Hartford, was arrested on charges that include second-degree reckless endangerment, evading responsibility and following too closely with intent to harass or intimidate. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "East Hartford and Manchester police say man rammed girlfriend’s car," 12 Aug. 2019 Albert has been charged with reckless endangerment, breaching the peace, and unlawful restraint, which is a felony. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Woman calls 911 from Connecticut bus, says she was intentionally locked in luggage compartment by driver," 6 Aug. 2019 But please – any society that allows minors to buy guns, and to do so without training, licensing or oversight, is reckless. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Only US lets kids use birthday money to buy assault weapons," 2 Aug. 2019 But the Dallas County District Attorney's office dismissed the charges in March, saying three medical examiners had concluded the officers' conduct was not reckless. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Disturbing video shows Dallas officers joking as they restrain man who died," 31 July 2019 Meanwhile, critics said the agreement should have been tougher on Facebook, which had been accused of being repeatedly reckless with user data despite having previously promised to clean up its act. Fortune, "Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Sounds Off on $5 Billion FTC Settlement," 24 July 2019 Lewis was on extended supervision for his 2001 reckless homicide conviction. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police release body camera video of shootout between officers, Milwaukee man," 23 July 2019 For their part, okadas have a long-running reputation for being reckless and involved in a high spate of accidents. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Bike-hailing startups in Lagos may soon have to pay thousands of dollars in state fees," 22 July 2019 Shumway was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree assault, first-degree threatening, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "North Windham man arrested after attacking man with a machete," 25 July 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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