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 The moral of these stories is the same: Unbridled ambition is reckless and ruthless. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Ambition?," 8 Nov. 2019 But the optimistic outlook does not mean the Colts will be reckless. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts starter Jacoby Brissett might have chance to play against Miami despite sprained MCL," 4 Nov. 2019 Zhukovskyy is also facing one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated and one count of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon. BostonGlobe.com, "Driver waives arraignment on charges in N.H. crash that killed 7 - The Boston Globe," 2 Nov. 2019 Giphy, as a company that has money and employs people, would be reckless not to behave the same way. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The GIF Is Dead. Long Live the GIF.," 30 Oct. 2019 In August 2018, Richards pleaded guilty to state charges of reckless conduct and was later sentenced to five years of intensive supervision with a year of home electronic monitoring. oregonlive, "Death and deals: Sick children suffer, private equity profits," 26 Oct. 2019 The latter bunch are not being reckless with their corporate reputations. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Six cannabis CEOs talked to us about how they use weed," 4 Oct. 2019 Buying Hilton, a hotel chain, for $26bn amid the financial crisis turned a huge profit—but was reckless in the extreme at the time. The Economist, "The lessons of Stephen Schwarzman," 19 Sep. 2019 The other charges against him are reckless endangerment and resisting/interfering with arrest, online court records indicate. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster man charged with assault after allegedly fighting two sheriff’s deputies," 12 Sep. 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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The first known use of reckless was before the 12th century

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22 Nov 2019

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“Reckless.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recklessness. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for reckless

reckless

adjective
How to pronounce reckless (audio)

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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