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reckless

adj. in both negligence and criminal cases, careless to the point of being heedless of the consequences ("grossly" negligent). Most commonly this refers to the traffic misdemeanor "reckless driving." It can also refer to use of firearms (shooting a gun in public place), explosives, or heavy equipment. (See: negligent, careless, wet reckless)

reckless

adjective careless, disregardful, foolhardy, foolish, hasty, heedless, impetuous, improvident, imprudent, impulsive, inattentive, incautious, incautus, inconsiderate, indifferent, indiscreet, injudicious, insensible, irrational, irresponsible, mindless, neglectful, neglegens, overconfident, overhasty, precipitate, temerous, thoughtless, unaware, uncircumspect, unconcerned, unmindful, unobservant, unthinking, unwary, unwatchful, unwise, wanton, wild, without caution, without prudence
Associated concepts: reckless abandon, reckless conduct, reckless disregard, reckless driving, reckless endangerrent, reckless indifference
See also: careless, heedless, hot-blooded, ill-advised, ill-judged, impolitic, improvident, imprudent, impulsive, injudicious, misadvised, negligent, precipitate, prodigal, profligate, profuse, remiss, thoughtless, unpolitic, wanton

reckless

having or showing gross negligence or conduct without any thought as to the consequences. In civil cases, as negligence itself is usually actionable, seeking recklessness is perhaps to over-egg the pudding. In criminal matters, negligence is seldom sufficient and intention is the norm. So reckless conduct is always difficult in criminal matters. That said most systems have found it a place, either as equiparating it to intention for some crimes or often as a separate crime a notch below the more serious offence.
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He swung his crab-tree-staff recklessly in his glee--so recklessly that he imperiled the shins of more than one angry passer-by--and vowed he'd crack the ribs of Robin Hood with it, though he was surrounded by every outlaw in the whole greenwood.
When we came to the part where Harker had rushed at the Count so recklessly, she clung to her husband's arm, and held it tight as though her clinging could protect him from any harm that might come.
I marched on recklessly towards this Titan, and then, as I drew nearer and the light grew, I saw that a multitude of black birds was circling and clustering about the hood.
139} If they were too many for me--I being single-handed--I would rather die fighting in my own house than see such disgraceful sights day after day, strangers grossly maltreated, and men dragging the women servants about the house in an unseemly way, wine drawn recklessly, and bread wasted all to no purpose for an end that shall never be accomplished.
All I know is that one evening, entering incautiously the salon of the little house just after the news of a considerable Carlist success had reached the faithful, I was seized round the neck and waist and whirled recklessly three times round the room, to the crash of upsetting furniture and the humming of a valse tune in a warm contralto voice.
He made as if to tear his hair, and addressed me recklessly.
It was good to eat seal-liver again; to fill the lamps recklessly with blubber, and watch the flame blaze three feet in the air; but as soon as the new sea-ice bore, Kotuko and the girl loaded the hand-sleigh, and made the two dogs pull as they had never pulled in their lives, for they feared what might have happened in their village.
She seized the embroidered edges of her blue robe under her white throat and made as if to tear them apart, to fling it open on her breast, recklessly, before our eyes.
Every nerve of the horses was strained as they dashed recklessly along the road.
It was Phaethon who drove them to Fiesole that memorable day, a youth all irresponsibility and fire, recklessly urging his master's horses up the stony hill.
Years ago, when my whole capital would occasionally come down to "what in town the people call a bob," I would recklessly spend a penny of it, merely for the sake of having the change, all in coppers, to jingle.
There was something superhuman in an attitude so recklessly unorthodox, and if other problems had not pressed on him he would have been lost in wonder at the prodigy of the Wellands' daughter urging him to marry his former mistress.