- 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 recklessly
By recklessly accusing your opponents of racism, you have turned back the clock on race relations in this country.An Open Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder: It’s Not About Race
July 17, 2014
This claim, recklessly tossed about by those on the right, has been roundly dismissed by PolitiFact as false.In Susan B. Anthony List Cast, Supreme Court Votes for the Right to Lie
June 16, 2014
The symbolic vocabulary of Twin Peaks was properly literary, by which I mean it was personal, whimsical, and recklessly satirical.‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’
March 14, 2014
It is now evident, however, that Mortenson recklessly betrayed this trust, damaging his credibility beyond repair.Is It Time to Forgive Greg Mortenson?
April 8, 2013
The U.S. system of government is badly failing—and is recklessly complacent about it.More Drunks, Better Government?
May 21, 2012
The people are much too nice to slangander as recklessly as I have been doing.American Notes
"Oh, nothing hurts you if you like it," said Betty recklessly.The Incomplete Amorist
The hole had been recklessly filled to the brim, and was merely sprinkled with earth.Barnaby Rudge
And the love was all for this man, so recklessly desirous of her happiness.The Law-Breakers
He was satiated with cake and tea and compliments that evening and recklessly truthful.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- 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 recklessly
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