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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Benjamin Hendricks, 30, was arrested in Northeast Portland and is facing charges of third-degree robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and reckless driving. oregonlive, "Man arrested after allegedly assaulting landscaping employee, stealing trailer," 28 Apr. 2021 Houston was then taken into custody, interviewed by authorities and subsequently charged with vehicular homicide in the first degree, reckless driving, two counts of hit and run, and one count of following too closely. Jon Haworth, ABC News, "Woman kills man and his dog in hit-and-run while fleeing from another hit-and-run only moments before: Police," 27 Apr. 2021 Officer Tsakos had been responding to an earlier crash that was the result of reckless driving, according to city and police officials. Paul Berger, WSJ, "NYPD Officer Fatally Struck While Responding to Earlier Crash," 27 Apr. 2021 The 24-year-old driver of the car, identified by police as Jennifer Carvajal, is now facing charges including DUI and reckless driving following the crash Sunday morning in Seffner. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Florida police chase ends after vehicle goes airborne, crashes into car dealership," 26 Apr. 2021 The 24-year-old faces a litany of charges, including driving under the influence, reckless driving, multiple counts of DUI property damage, driving without a license, and DUI manslaughter. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Drunken driver kills passenger after going airborne and crashing into dealership," 26 Apr. 2021 Jones has been charged with resisting arrest, operating a motor vehicle with high blood alcohol content, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, possession of a weapon under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving, prosecutors said. NBC News, "Michigan lawmaker dropped governor's name during DUI arrest, state police say," 23 Apr. 2021 In the Wild West days, reckless driving and cheaply made scooters reduced the life span of some scooters on the streets to just over twenty-eight days. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, "The E-Scooters Loved by Silicon Valley Roll Into New York," 19 Apr. 2021 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

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Reckless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reckless. Accessed 11 May. 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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recklessly adverb

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