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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
reckless
O.E. receleas "careless, thoughtless, heedless," earlier reccileas, from -leas "-less" + *rece, recce "care, heed," from reccan "to care," from W.Gmc. *rokijanan (cf. O.N. rækja "to care for," O.H.G. giruochan "to care for, have regard to," Ger. geruhen "to deign," which is infl. by ruhen "to rest"). No known cognates outside Gmc. The same affixed form is in Ger. ruchlos, Du. roekeloos "wicked." Root verb reck (O.E. reccan) is passing into obscurity. The -k- sound is probably a northern influence from O.N. cognate roekja.
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