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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 standoff began when a guest at a house party in the area of 10th Avenue near Ervin Terrace had too much to drink, became reckless and was asked to leave about 10 p.m. Sunday, according to Dayton Police Chief David Halfhill. Jennifer Edwards Baker And Lauren Minor, Cincinnati.com, "Man arrested after 20 rounds fired, SWAT standoff in NKY," 1 July 2019 And when even the most historically respected and presently influential publications publish reckless attacks on due process and dangerous calls for personal confrontation, that challenge grows more acute. David French, National Review, "In the New York Times, a ‘Human Rights’ Professor Calls for Mob Rule," 1 July 2019 The question is which teams learned from that reckless summer. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets narrow focus to several key positions in free agency," 30 June 2019 The dry, reverberating drums of U.K. garage smash in; a wub-wub-wub noise scans like a prison-yard floodlight; there’s a sense of reckless acceleration and accumulating chaos. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Thom Yorke’s Beautiful New Nightmare," 29 June 2019 Mr Johnson’s reckless approach to Brexit risks not just precipitating a no-deal exit from the EU, but also wrecking one of the most creative fudges in the history of nation-making. The Economist, "Leaving the EU is straining the union with Scotland," 29 June 2019 McBride was found guilty in December 2018 to third-degree assault, reckless driving and second-degree criminal mischief and sentenced the next month to one year and two months in jail. oregonlive.com, "Former Tigard cop injured in crash sues driver, driver’s ex-employer for $23.6 million," 28 June 2019 Johnson's suit says Rogers' negligent and reckless driving caused the crash. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Widow of truck driver files lawsuit over fiery I-94 truck crash in Racine County," 28 June 2019 Sanstead was briefly treated at the hospital before he was arrested and booked into a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of endangerment, reckless manslaughter and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Driver was texting his wife when he hit and killed Officer Clayton Townsend, report says," 27 June 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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More Definitions for reckless

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

Other Words from reckless

recklessly adverb

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