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[rek-lis] /ˈrɛk lɪs/
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
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.
1. rash, heedless, incautious, negligent, imprudent.
1. careful. Unabridged
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  • But it was recklessly pleasant to leave the suspicion unrecognized as yet, and follow the lead.

    The Well-Beloved Thomas Hardy
  • recklessly and without consideration did he plunge into every excess.

  • May God forgive them who recklessly tamper with the liberty of their fellowman.

    Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
  • recklessly he grabbed Steve by the shoulders and spun him around in his seat.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • In this new setting Lloyd Fenneben started again to build up what had been so recklessly torn down.

    A Master's Degree Margaret Hill McCarter
British Dictionary definitions for recklessly


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

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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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