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

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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 The city needs a stronger response to reckless driving. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Oct. 2021 Cincinnati police have begun an initiative to combat speeding and reckless driving in certain neighborhoods. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 21 Oct. 2021 He was booked into the Utah County jail for investigation of negligent homicide, negligent collision, driving without a license, speeding and reckless driving. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Oct. 2021 The driver of a gray Kia involved in the crash has been charged with three counts of murder and one count of reckless driving, police said. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2021 Advocates worry that the agency has lost focus and risks getting bogged down under President Joe Biden, at a time of increasing road accidents and reckless driving during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hope Yen, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Oct. 2021 Pecor was also charged with fleeing and eluding law enforcement officers, grand theft of a motor vehicle, driving while license is suspended, and reckless driving. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, 13 Oct. 2021 But the influx of electric bikes and scooters has also brought more conflict to the streets at a time when traffic deaths have risen to the highest level in nearly a decade because of more cars, more speeding and reckless driving. New York Times, 11 Oct. 2021 Knutson, accused of reckless driving, failed to pull over. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 8 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of reckless

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

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27 Oct 2021

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“Reckless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reckless. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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

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