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 Verrocchi, 41, of Salem, was charged with felony reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor count of disobeying an officer. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "New England news in brief," 15 Jan. 2020 Among the Bevin pardons that sparked outrage involved Patrick Baker, who had served about two years of a 19-year sentence for reckless homicide and robbery in the slaying of a Knox County man in front of his family. Bruce Schreiner, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky bills at General Assembly respond to Bevin’s flurry of last-minute pardons," 11 Jan. 2020 Criminal charges Boone County Prosecutor Kent Eastwood on Tuesday charged Small, 34, with three counts of reckless homicide. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "I-65 crash that left 2 people and a baby dead: What we know," 8 Jan. 2020 Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Judge Jennifer O’Malley sentenced the teen to six months in an Ohio Department of Youth Services jail for reckless homicide, plus an additional three years for the gun specification attached to the charge. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Teen sentenced in accidental fatal shooting of 11-year-old boy in Cleveland," 7 Jan. 2020 One of Bevin's more controversial pardons involved Patrick Baker, who had served two years of a 19-year sentence for reckless homicide and robbery in the slaying of a Knox County man in front of his family. Phillip M. Bailey, USA TODAY, "Kentucky attorney general asks FBI to investigate ex-Gov. Matt Bevin's pardons," 2 Jan. 2020 One man pardoned of reckless homicide and other charges was the brother of a Bevin fundraiser. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 19 Dec. 2019 In June, the group filed the suit agains UMG for breach of contract, negligence, reckless conduct, misrepresentation by omission as well as other causes of action. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Universal Music Group Can't Halt Discovery in 2008 Masters Fire Lawsuit," 3 Dec. 2019 Proving the crime of reckless vehicular homicide can be especially difficult without an admission by a driver, passengers who witness phone use, or video evidence, several lawyers and safety experts said. New York Times, "She Texted About Dinner While Driving. Then a Pedestrian Was Dead.," 22 Nov. 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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18 Jan 2020

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“Reckless.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recklessness. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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