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reckless

[rek-lis] /ˈrɛk lɪs/
adjective
1.
utterly unconcerned about the consequences of some action; without caution; careless (usually followed by of):
to be reckless of danger.
2.
characterized by or proceeding from such carelessness:
reckless extravagance.
Origin of reckless
900
before 900; Middle English rekles, Old English reccelēas careless (cognate with German ruchlos); see reck, -less
Related forms
recklessly, adverb
recklessness, noun
Can be confused
feckless, reckless.
Synonyms
1. rash, heedless, incautious, negligent, imprudent.
Antonyms
1. careful.
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  • You have been of the reckless deportment—you may still be of it.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • You shall be reckless as you like—but without your stored energy surplus to harm you.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Sidney was thoroughly angry by this time, angry and reckless.

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  • He gave the wheel a reckless twist, and Le Moyne called him to time sternly.

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  • "No, no; thank you," gasped the boy, aghast at the reckless audacity of the proposal.

British Dictionary definitions for reckless

reckless

/ˈrɛklɪs/
adjective
1.
having or showing no regard for danger or consequences; heedless; rash: a reckless driver, a reckless attempt
Derived Forms
recklessly, adverb
recklessness, noun
Word Origin
Old English recceleās (see reck, -less); related to Middle Dutch roekeloos, Old High German ruahhalōs
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Word Origin and History for reckless
adj.

Old English receleas "careless, thoughtless, heedless," earlier reccileas, from *rece, recce "care, heed," from reccan "to care" (see reck (v.)) + -less. The same affixed form is in German ruchlos, Dutch roekeloos "wicked." Root verb reck (Old English reccan) is passing into obscurity.

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