reckless

adjective reck·less \ ˈre-kləs \

Definition of reckless

1 :marked by lack of proper caution :careless of consequences
2 :irresponsible
  • reckless charges

recklessly

adverb

recklessness

noun

Examples of reckless in a Sentence

  1. He is a wild and reckless young man.

  2. He showed a reckless disregard for the safety of others.

  3. He spends money with reckless abandon.

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First Known Use of reckless

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of 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


RECKLESS Defined for English Language Learners

reckless

adjective

Definition of reckless for English Language Learners

  • : not showing proper concern about the possible bad results of your actions


RECKLESS Defined for Kids

reckless

adjective reck·less \ ˈre-kləs \

Definition of reckless for Students

:showing lack of caution :engaging in wild careless behavior

recklessly

adverb

recklessness

noun

Law Dictionary

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

recklessly

adverb


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