What does reckless mean?

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ˈrɛk lɪsreck·less

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. foolhardy, heady, rash, recklessadjective

    marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences

    "foolhardy enough to try to seize the gun from the hijacker"; "became the fiercest and most reckless of partisans"-Macaulay; "a reckless driver"; "a rash attempt to climb Mount Everest"

  2. heedless, recklessadjective

    characterized by careless unconcern

    "the heedless generosity and the spasmodic extravagance of persons used to large fortunes"- Edith Wharton; "reckless squandering of public funds"


  1. recklessadjective

    careless or heedless; headstrong or rash

  2. recklessadjective

    indifferent to danger or the consequences

  3. Etymology: From rekles, reckeles, from receleas, equivalent to. Cognate with roekeloos, ruchlos.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Recklessadjective

    Careless; heedless; mindless; untouched. See RECK.

    Etymology: from reck; recceleas , Saxon.

    It made the king as reckless, as them diligent. Philip Sidney.

    I’ll after, more to be reveng’d of Eglamour
    Than for the love of reckless Silvia. William Shakespeare.

    He apprehends death no more dreadfully, but as a drunken sleep; careless, reckless, and fearless of what’s past, present or to come; insensible of mortality and desperately mortal. Sha.

    Next this was drawn the reckless cities flame,
    When a strange hell pour’d down from heaven there came. Abraham Cowley.


  1. Reckless

    Reckless is a song written by Michael Clark and Jeff Stevens, and recorded by American country music group Alabama. It was released in August 1993 as the first single from their album, Cheap Seats. The song was their final number one the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart until June 2011, when they reached the number one position again with a guest vocal on Brad Paisley's "Old Alabama".


  1. reckless

    Reckless refers to a lack of concern or thought about the possible negative consequences of one’s actions, displaying a disregard for safety or caution. It often suggests a willingness to take significant risks, often unnecessarily or without proper consideration.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recklessadjective

    inattentive to duty; careless; neglectful; indifferent

  2. Recklessadjective

    rashly negligent; utterly careless or heedless


  1. Reckless

    Reckless is the fourth studio album by the Canadian rock artist Bryan Adams. Co-produced by Adams and Bob Clearmountain, it was one of Adams' most successful albums. Released on November 5, 1984 through A&M Records, the album was a huge international hit, selling over 5 million units in the United States alone. It was the first Canadian album to sell more than one million units within Canada. The album peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and reached high positions in charts worldwide. The album has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. Six singles were released from the album: "Run to You", "Somebody", "Heaven", "Summer of '69", "One Night Love Affair", and "It's Only Love". All six singles made the top 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100, a feat that at the time had been accomplished previously only by Michael Jackson's Thriller. The album was ranked No. 49 on Kerrang!'s "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time" and was named the #12 Greatest Canadian Album of All Time by Bob Mersereau in his book The Top 100 Canadian Albums. The album was recorded at Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, Canada. On December 12, 2009 the syndicated radio program In the Studio celebrated the 25th anniversary of the album.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reckless in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reckless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of reckless in a Sentence

  1. Mayor Michael Nutter:

    Clearly it was reckless in terms of the driving by the engineer. There's no way in the world he should have been going that fast into the curve, i don't know what was going on with him (the engineer). I don't know what was going on in the cab, but there's really no excuse that can be offered, literally, unless he had a heart attack.

  2. Marcia Blackburn:

    We want our judges keeping criminals behind bars, not setting them free into our communities. A child is dead because Judge Edelman didn’t do his job, and now he wants a promotion, i cannot support a nominee who has shown such reckless disregard for his duty to keep Americans safe.

  3. Mitch McConnell:

    It is retreat in the faceof an enemy that has not yet been vanquished and an abdication of American leadership, leaders in both parties, including me, offered criticism when the prior administration floated the concept of a reckless withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan.

  4. Sheriff Chad Chronister:

    She stepped into harm's way to protect a child from a reckless driver, i am overwhelmed with pride to say she is part of our team of dedicated crossing guards who treat every child on their route as their own and ensure they get to and from school safely.

  5. Julie Wilson:

    Obviously, I don't have the exact words, but that Mr. Deters said to Mr. Mathews, 'If the defendant came to us with some possible plea, and it could be something like a reckless homicide, that we would consider it, and discuss it with the family,'.

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  • متهورArabic
  • temerari, temerària, imprudentCatalan, Valencian
  • bezstarostný, bezohledný, lehkomyslnýCzech
  • letsindig, skødesløs, ubetænksomDanish
  • waghalsig, rücksichtslos, verwegenGerman
  • απερίσκεπτοςGreek
  • malzorgemaEsperanto
  • temerario, imprudenteSpanish
  • huima, harkitsematon, holtiton, huimapäinen, yltiöpäinen, rämäpäinen, uhkarohkea, hurjapäinenFinnish
  • insouciant, irresponsable, téméraireFrench
  • meargánta, ráscánta, neamhchúramachIrish
  • comaScottish Gaelic
  • vakmerőHungarian
  • անշրջահայաց, անհոգ, անխոհեմ, թեթեւամիտ, անպատասխանատու, անփույթArmenian
  • sembrono, gegabahIndonesian
  • avventatoItalian
  • פזיזHebrew
  • 無謀, 無知Japanese
  • មិនប្រយ័ត្នប្រយែង, ដែលមិនប្រយ័ត្នKhmer
  • pokerenoa, tōtōāMāori
  • roekeloosDutch
  • lekkomyślnyPolish
  • imprudente, temerárioPortuguese
  • безрассудный, безумный, бесшабашный, легкомысленный, беспечный, безответственный, опрометчивыйRussian
  • lättsinnig, obetänksam, vårdslösSwedish
  • บ้าบิ่นThai
  • pervasız, kayıtsız, umursamaz, ihtiyatsız, korkusuzTurkish
  • لاپرواہUrdu
  • liều lĩnhVietnamese

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