Reckless Definition

Acting or done with a lack of care or caution; careless or irresponsible.
American Heritage
Careless; heedless.
Webster's New World
Not regarding consequences; headlong and irresponsible; rash.
Webster's New World
The definition of reckless is something that is done foolishly, carelessly, or without thinking about the consequences.
An example of behavior that would be described as reckless driving is driving 110 miles an hour down a highway with a speed limit of 55.

Origin of Reckless

  • From Middle English rekles, reckeles, from Old English rÄ“celÄ“as (“reckless, careless, negligent"), equivalent to reck +"Ž -less. Cognate with Dutch roekeloos (“reckless"), German ruchlos (“careless, notorious").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English reckeles from Old English rēcelēas reg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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