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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reckless mean? 

RECKLESS (adjective)
  The adjective RECKLESS has 2 senses:

1. marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences
2. characterized by careless unconcern

  Familiarity information: RECKLESS used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

RECKLESS (adjective)

Sense 1reckless [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences


foolhardy; reckless; rash; heady

Context examples:

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


bold (fearless and daring)

Sense 2reckless [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by careless unconcern


heedless; reckless

Context examples:

the heedless generosity and the spasmodic extravagance of persons used to large fortunes / reckless squandering of public funds


careless (marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful)

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