recklessness

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being reckless or heedless; perverse or desperate rashness.

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  • noun The state or quality of being reckless or heedless, of taking unnecessary risks.

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  • noun the trait of giving little thought to danger

Etymologies

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From Middle English reklesnes, from Old English rēcelēasnes ("recklessness, carelessness, negligence"), equivalent to reckless +‎ -ness.

Examples

  • The CBN had, also on August 14, sacked the chief executive officers of five banks and their executive directors, for what it described as recklessness and laxity in the management of the institutions.

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  • The CBN had, also on August 14, sacked the chief executive officers of five banks and their executive directors, for what it described as recklessness and laxity in the management of the institutions.

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  • At an appearance in the East Room at the White House today, President Obama expressed his outrage, noting that AIG is in financial distress, and in need of taxpayer money, because of what he called recklessness and greed.

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  • The "recklessness" is obvious, but he's also very empathic.

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  • Murphy's contention that over-zealousness bordering on recklessness is to blame is better, though even his argument contained a flaw when he suggested that some teams were more to blame than others.

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  • The only difference between audacity and recklessness is whether or not you win, and in this case a clever Union officer tricked Lee into making an audacious move that ultimately became a reckless endeavour.

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  • Their short-term recklessness led to our long-term disaster.

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  • That recklessness is becoming more apparent every day, as the economy worsens, the deficits soar, and more and more Americans die in a war that the President stated was officially over as he strutted like a popinjay up and down the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln.

    Balkinization

  • That recklessness is becoming more apparent every day, as the economy worsens, the deficits soar, and more and more Americans die in a war that the President stated was officially over as he strutted like a popinjay up and down the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln.

    Balkinization

  • It may be well that they should distinctly understand that, whatever may be the rabid utterances of a portion of our own press, which almost rivals their own in recklessness of assertion and

    London: Saturday, December 31, 1864

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