Definition of reckless
1 : marked by lack of proper caution : careless of consequences
2 : irresponsible reckless charges
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 of reckless from the Web
This is in stark contrast to Tony Blair and his successors, who have gone to war with reckless abandon and mismanaged their interventions disastrously.
After a mistrial was declared because of a hung jury, Fitzgerald said Johnson was reckless and later fired him.
Sometimes punitive damages may be awarded as well as punishment for reckless or other harmful behavior.
NRA leaders seek out fights, double down on reckless ideas, and raise their voices, claiming to protect gun owners, even while the nation mourns.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension released the interview transcript file after Yanez’ acquittal on manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm charges last week.
Woods could qualify for a diversion program in which the DUI charge is downgraded to reckless driving, which results in probation, fine and other conditions such as taking a DUI course.
Background: Police searching for robber spotted in Highview neighborhood Ray is charged with 11 counts of robbery and also faces charges of fleeing, evading police and reckless driving.
Heaggan-Brown faces 60 years in prison if he's convicted of first-degree reckless homicide.
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First Known Use of reckless
before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of reckless
RECKLESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of reckless for English Language Learners
: not showing proper concern about the possible bad results of your actions
RECKLESS Defined for Kids
Definition of reckless for Students
: showing lack of caution : engaging in wild careless behavior
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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