recklessness


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reck·less

 (rĕk′lĭs)
adj.
Acting or done with a lack of care or caution; careless or irresponsible.

[Middle English reckeles, probably alteration (influenced by recken, to reck) of recheles, retcheles, from Old English rēcelēas; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

reck′less·ly adv.
reck′less·ness n.
Synonyms: reckless, rash1, foolhardy, temerarious
These adjectives mean given to or marked by unthinking boldness. Reckless suggests wild carelessness and disregard for consequences: "conceiving measures to protect the fur-bearing animals from reckless slaughter" (Gertrude Atherton).
Rash implies haste, impetuousness, and insufficient consideration: "Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash" (George S. Patton).
Foolhardy implies injudicious or imprudent boldness: a foolhardy attempt to wrest the gun from the mugger. Temerarious suggests reckless presumption: "this temerarious foeman who dared intervene between himself [the elephant] and his intended victim" (Edgar Rice Burroughs).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.recklessness - the trait of giving little thought to dangerrecklessness - the trait of giving little thought to danger
unthoughtfulness, thoughtlessness - the trait of not thinking carefully before acting
adventurism - recklessness in politics or foreign affairs
brashness - the trait of being rash and hasty
desperation - desperate recklessness; "it was a policy of desperation"

recklessness

noun
Foolhardy boldness or disregard of danger:
Translations
طَيْش، تَهَوُّر
bezstarostnost
hasarderethedubesindighed
kæruleysi, glannaskapur
dikkatsizlik

recklessness

[ˈreklɪsnɪs] N (= rashness) → temeridad f; (= thoughtlessness) → imprudencia f
the recklessness of youthla temeridad de la juventud
the recklessness of her drivingsu modo imprudente de conducir

recklessness

[ˈrɛkləsnɪs] n
(= culpable carelessness) → imprudence f
(= heedlessness) → imprudence f

recklessness

n (of person)Leichtsinn m; (of behaviour)Leichtsinnigkeit f; (of driver, driving)Rücksichtslosigkeit f; (of attempt)Gewagtheit f

recklessness

[ˈrɛklɪsnɪs] n (of driving) → spericolatezza; (of person, behaviour) → incoscienza, avventatezza

reckless

(ˈrekləs) adjective
very careless; acting or done without any thought of the consequences. a reckless driver; reckless driving.
ˈrecklessly adverb
ˈrecklessness noun

recklessness

n. descuido; indiferencia; imprudencia; temeridad.
References in classic literature ?
And, indeed, it seemed small matter for wonder, that for all his pervading, mad recklessness, Ahab did at times give careful heed to the condition of that dead bone upon which he partly stood.
But they were in a state of frenzy, perhaps because of forgotten vanities, and it made an exhibition of sublime recklessness.
Ever since then he had nursed in secret a bitter idea of my utter recklessness.
She began to get uneasy at a certain recklessness in her conductor's driving.
Her arms had dropped along the table, and she sat with her face abandoned to his gaze as if in the recklessness of a desperate peril.
This person gathers mementoes with a perfect recklessness, now-a-days; mixes them all up together, and then serenely labels them without any regard to truth, propriety, or even plausibility.
Provincial life in 1812 went on very much as usual, but with this difference, that it was livelier in the towns in consequence of the arrival of many wealthy families from Moscow, and as in everything that went on in Russia at that time a special recklessness was noticeable, an "in for a penny, in for a pound- who cares?
cried the two young ladies, with the headlong recklessness of the sex which only stops to think when the time for reflection has gone by.
I tell you that, with your recklessness--for you have already been twice arrested by the shade in the felt hat, who did not know what you were doing in the cellars and took you to the managers, who looked upon you as an eccentric Persian interested in stage mechanism and life behind the scenes: I know all about it, I was there, in the office; you know I am everywhere--well, I tell you that, with your recklessness, they will end by wondering what you are after here.
There was a wild recklessness of gaiety in his manner as he sat at table, but now and then a thrill of terror ran through him when he remembered that, pressed against the window of the conservatory, like a white handkerchief, he had seen the face of James Vane watching him.
The youngest member of our party catches the infection of my recklessness (in virtue of his youth) and goes with me.
An't'ing yehs wants, damn it," repeated he, waving his hands with beneficent recklessness.