reckless Definition

heedless of danger or the consequences of one's actions; rash or impetuous.

Using reckless: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "reckless" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He was charged with reckless driving after causing a serious accident.

  • Example

    She made a reckless decision to quit her job without having another one lined up.

  • Example

    The company's reckless spending led to its downfall.

  • Example

    His reckless behavior put his own life in danger.

reckless Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with reckless

  • a complete lack of restraint or concern for consequences


    She danced with reckless abandon, not caring who was watching.

  • driving a vehicle in a manner that is dangerous to other people or property


    The police officer pulled him over for reckless driving.

  • a willful or intentional disregard for the safety or well-being of others


    The company showed reckless disregard for the environment by dumping toxic waste into the river.

Origins of reckless

from Old English 'receleas', meaning 'careless'


Summary: reckless in Brief

'Reckless' [ˈrɛkləs] describes someone who acts without thinking about the consequences, often endangering themselves or others. It can refer to driving, decision-making, or general behavior, as in 'His reckless behavior put his own life in danger.' 'Reckless abandon' denotes a complete lack of restraint, while 'reckless disregard' implies intentional disregard for others' safety.

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