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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Charges were filed in October 2019 against Jalonni Blackshear for four counts of misdemeanor reckless endangerment. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2022 Harrington was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, first-degree larceny, criminal use of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace and robbery by carjacking. Hartford Courant, 3 May 2022 The officer, Jeffery Harris, is charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office, the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a news release. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 In this case, the report considered a series of criminal statutes, including intentional second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 25 Apr. 2022 One 22-year-old student is charged with simple assault, and another is charged with reckless endangerment in the March 20 incident. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 Portland police arrested the driver, Zachary S. Thomas, on eight charges, including reckless endangerment, attempting to elude police by vehicle and failure to perform the duties of a driver. oregonlive, 22 Apr. 2022 The domestic violence charge deals with the reckless endangerment of another female at the scene. Carol Robinson |, al, 16 Apr. 2022 Bessey was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless endangerment, and driving the wrong way on a divided highway, state police said., 3 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reckless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 May 2022

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“Reckless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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



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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