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reckless

[ rek-lis ]
/ ˈrɛk lɪs /
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adjective
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.
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Origin of reckless

First recorded before 900; Middle English rekles, Old English reccelēas “careless” (cognate with German ruchlos ); see reck, -less

OTHER WORDS FROM reckless

reck·less·ly, adverbreck·less·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH reckless

feckless, reckless
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How to use reckless in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for reckless

reckless
/ (ˈrɛklɪs) /

adjective
having or showing no regard for danger or consequences; heedless; rasha reckless driver; a reckless attempt

Derived forms of reckless

recklessly, adverbrecklessness, noun

Word Origin for reckless

Old English recceleās (see reck, -less); related to Middle Dutch roekeloos, Old High German ruahhalōs
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