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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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Examples from the Web for recklessly
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  • The people are much too nice to slangander as recklessly as I have been doing.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • "Oh, nothing hurts you if you like it," said Betty recklessly.

  • The hole had been recklessly filled to the brim, and was merely sprinkled with earth.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • And the love was all for this man, so recklessly desirous of her happiness.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • He was satiated with cake and tea and compliments that evening and recklessly truthful.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for recklessly

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 recklessly
adv.

Old English recceleaslice; see reckless + -ly (2).

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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