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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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Examples from the web for reckless
  • My husband is one of those mad chemists of the culinary world who fling ingredients around with reckless abandon.
  • Some of those academic librarians are sure a wild, crazy and reckless bunch with their latest trends in information technology.
  • So to hand these companies yet more subsidies will only encourage the reckless behavior which led to this point.
  • And there are, even more so, reckless people in this world who don't much care about human life.
  • Our work involves some investigation, but there's a limit, after which it becomes reckless adventure.
  • In these boom-and-crash years, the more reckless alter ego dominates.
  • And that he endangered many more around the world with his reckless pursuit of a nuclear bomb and other weapons.
  • Even in the nineteenth century, skeptical scientists found his interest in exotic mental phenomena misguided, if not reckless.
  • The day of reckless, sporadic, haphazard advertising is rapidly coming to an end so far as magazine advertising is concerned.
  • Something in my heart has always been recklessly attracted to people who are reckless with my heart.
British Dictionary definitions for reckless


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 reckless

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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