American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Heedless or careless.
- adj. Headstrong; rash.
- adj. Indifferent to or disregardful of consequences: a reckless driver.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not recking; careless; heedless; inattentive: in a mild sense.
- Not recking of consequences; desperately heedless, as from folly, passion, or perversity; impetuously or rashly adventurous.
- Synonyms Enterprising, Rash, etc. (see adventurous), incautious, unwary, unconcerned, indifferent, thoughtless. See list under rash.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Inattentive to duty; careless; neglectful; indifferent.
- adj. Rashly negligent; utterly careless or heedless.
- adj. marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences
- adj. characterized by careless unconcern
- From Middle English rekles, reckeles, from Old English rēcelēas ("reckless, careless, negligent"), equivalent to reck + -less. Cognate with Dutch roekeloos ("reckless"), German ruchlos ("careless, notorious"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English reckeles, from Old English rēcelēas; see reg- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Other motorcyclists, more assertive and impatient the word reckless came to mind, began snaking their way in the narrow space between lanes of stopped traffic, as is common here.”
“The fracas has put WikiLeaks in the position of decrying what it called the "reckless" and "negligent" disclosure of information—something WikiLeaks' critics have long accused it of doing itself.”
“He said the sanctions risked engulfing the Horn of Africa in another cycle of conflict as it might encourage Ethiopia to contemplate what he called "reckless military adventures.”
“Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer and Michigan Republican Dave Camp both used the word "reckless" to drive home their opposing points.”
“Rep. John Kline R., Minn., chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, urged the board to scrap what he called a reckless and job-destroying agenda.”
“South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik has urged North Korea to work for peace on the Korean peninsula and stop what he called "reckless military provocation".”
“In a speech at Wall Street's Federal Hall in September of 2009, Obama warned the bankers that Washington was preparing to step in to stop what he called the reckless behavior that led to the economic crisis.”
“DOUGHERTY: Despite what it calls reckless behavior by North Korea, the Obama administration is sticking to patient diplomacy, hoping a united front with North Korea's neighbors, China, Russia, Japan, and South Korea, could bring the North back to the negotiating table.”
“This, as lawmakers in both parties have been hearing outrage about the billions in taxpayer dollars that are still being spent to bail out big companies, what they call reckless companies, like AIG.”
“The president also promised more reforms to come, as his administration tries to crack down on what they refer to as a reckless culture.”
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