- utterly unconcerned about the consequences of some action; without caution; careless (usually followed by of): to be reckless of danger.
- characterized by or proceeding from such carelessness: reckless extravagance.
Origin of reckless
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1. rash, heedless, incautious, negligent, imprudent.
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Examples from the Web for reckless
In 2002, he was arrested for reckless driving after swerving his SUV off the highway.Creed Singer Scott Stapp’s Fall From Grace: From 40 Million Albums Sold to Living in a Holiday Inn
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It starts with a bright, trebly guitar, sets the beat, and finally spins into a kind of reckless abandon.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs
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And The Prize Is Death, a cartoon by Albert Levering, attacks an epidemic of reckless driving.The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians
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Sensational and often reckless reports in the press threaten the fairness of a trial.The Myth of the Central Park Five
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You have been of the reckless deportment—you may still be of it.
You shall be reckless as you like—but without your stored energy surplus to harm you.
Sidney was thoroughly angry by this time, angry and reckless.
He gave the wheel a reckless twist, and Le Moyne called him to time sternly.
"No, no; thank you," gasped the boy, aghast at the reckless audacity of the proposal.In the Midst of Alarms
- having or showing no regard for danger or consequences; heedless; rasha reckless driver; a reckless attempt
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
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