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

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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 He was cited by the San Francisco police for running a stop sign and reckless driving and then slept that night in his car. Thomas Fuller, BostonGlobe.com, "The brutal attack on a Thai man in San Francisco outrages Asian Americans," 27 Feb. 2021 Woods later pleaded guilty to reckless driving and checked into a clinic to get help with prescription medication and a sleep disorder. Stefanie Dazio And Doug Ferguson, chicagotribune.com, "Tiger Woods faces a difficult recovery after his SUV flipped several times in crash: ‘Very fortunate (he) was able to come out of this alive’," 24 Feb. 2021 Woods later pleaded guilty to reckless driving and checked into a clinic to get help with prescription medication and a sleep disorder. Stefanie Dazio And Doug Ferguson, Chron, "Tiger Woods seriously injured in crash on steep LA-area road," 24 Feb. 2021 The Stockton resident is charged with murder, robbery, shooting from a vehicle, six counts of assault on officers with a semiautomatic firearm and reckless driving while fleeing the scene, the sheriff’s office said. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, "DA files murder, assault charges on man who shot at first responders in Contra Costa," 24 Feb. 2021 Springsteen was cited for suspicion of DWI, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area, a National Parks Service spokeswoman told The Times after the arrest became public knowledge earlier this month. Los Angeles Times, "Bruce Springsteen fined $500 for drinking on federal property but DWI is dropped," 24 Feb. 2021 Woods later pleaded guilty to reckless driving and checked into a clinic to get help with prescription medication and a sleep disorder. Lucas Manfredi, Fox News, "Will bodycam footage of Tiger Woods' harrowing rescue be released?," 24 Feb. 2021 Woods later pleaded guilty to reckless driving and checked into a clinic to get help with prescription medication and a sleep disorder. Stefanie Dazio, Doug Ferguson, Anchorage Daily News, "Tiger Woods hospitalized with leg injuries after rollover crash near Los Angeles," 24 Feb. 2021 Villanueva said the 45-year-old golf icon could still be hit with driving infractions based on what the traffic investigation uncovers, but said a charge of reckless driving, a misdemeanor crime, was not expected. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "No charges expected in Tiger Woods crash," 24 Feb. 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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“Reckless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reckless. Accessed 7 Mar. 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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