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reckless

[rek-lis] /ˈrɛk lɪs/
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.
Origin
900
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.
Synonyms
1. rash, heedless, incautious, negligent, imprudent.
Antonyms
1. careful.
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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.
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  • 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

reckless

/ˈrɛklɪs/
adjective
1.
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
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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