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reckless

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of reckless

  1. 1 having or showing a lack of concern for the consequences of one's actions the reckless skiers were making everyone nervous by schussing down the mountainside at lightning speed Synonyms of reckless daredevil, devil-may-care, foolhardy, harum-scarum, hell-for-leather, irresponsible, kamikaze Words Related to reckless adventurous, audacious, bold, daring, venturesome; hasty, headlong, hotheaded, impetuous, precipitate, rash, wild; blithe, carefree, happy-go-lucky, madcap, slaphappy; nonchalant, unconcerned, unworried; careless, freewheeling, heedless, inattentive, incautious, mindless, regardless, unheeding, unmindful; feckless, inconsiderate, thoughtless, unthinking Near Antonyms of reckless careful, cautious, circumspect, heedful; overcareful, overcautious, timid Antonyms of reckless responsible

  2. 2 foolishly adventurous or bold the calamitous accident was caused by a reckless driver who cut off the semitrailer Synonyms of reckless audacious, brash, daredevil, madcap, overbold, overconfident, foolhardy, temerariousWords Related to reckless adventuresome, adventurous, bold, daring, venturesome, venturous; brave, courageous, dauntless, doughty, fearless, gallant, greathearted, gutsy, hardy, heroic (also heroical), intrepid, lionhearted, manful, stalwart, stout, stouthearted, undauntable, undaunted, valiant, valorous; hotheaded; impetuous, imprudent, impulsive, incautious, rash; brainless, foolish, harebrained, scatterbrained; careless, heedless, thoughtless; hasty, headlong, precipitateNear Antonyms of reckless unadventurous, unambitious; fainthearted, fearful, mousy (or mousey), scary, shy, skittish, timid, timorous; calm, cool, levelheaded, sensible; alert, intelligent, quick-witted, sharp; chicken, chickenhearted, cowardly, craven, dastardly, lily-livered, pusillanimous, recreant, spineless, unheroic, yellowAntonyms of reckless careful, cautious, circumspect, guarded, heedful, prudent, safe, wary

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


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