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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 for recklessness
  • Thus, the lack of the stimulus rather than the presence of it is the cause of risk-taking and recklessness.
  • And courage was not the product of impulse or recklessness.
  • The only serious nuclear power accident that has ever occurred was the result of outrageous recklessness.
  • The translators approached their task with characteristic recklessness.
  • At the time he had put no faith in those dreams and was only tantalising himself by their hideous but daring recklessness.
  • Extreme perfectionism can coincide with extreme recklessness in the same way that criminality and refinement can coincide.
  • He is a dangerous mixture of sophistication and recklessness.
  • She admired wit, recklessness, and the crushing intellectual arrogance with which she had been familiar all her life.
  • But the affairs went on, conducted with the recklessness that was characteristic of his political behavior.
  • To repeat it in the pages of a popular news magazine is sheer recklessness.
British Dictionary definitions for recklessness

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 recklessness
n.

Old English recceleasnes "recklessness, carelessness, negligence;" see reckless + -ness.

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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