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reckless

[rek-lis]
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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.
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Origin of reckless

before 900; Middle English rekles, Old English reccelēas careless (cognate with German ruchlos); see reck, -less
Related formsreck·less·ly, adverbreck·less·ness, noun
Can be confusedfeckless reckless

Synonyms

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1. rash, heedless, incautious, negligent, imprudent.

Antonyms

1. careful.
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  • You have been of the reckless deportment—you may still be of it.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • You shall be reckless as you like—but without your stored energy surplus to harm you.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Sidney was thoroughly angry by this time, angry and reckless.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He gave the wheel a reckless twist, and Le Moyne called him to time sternly.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • "No, no; thank you," gasped the boy, aghast at the reckless audacity of the proposal.


British Dictionary definitions for reckless

reckless

adjective
  1. having or showing no regard for danger or consequences; heedless; rasha reckless driver; a reckless attempt
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Derived Formsrecklessly, adverbrecklessness, 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 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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