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Wanton

Grossly careless or negligent; reckless; malicious.

The term wanton implies a reckless disregard for the consequences of one's behavior. A wanton act is one done in heedless disregard for the life, limbs, health, safety, reputation, or property rights of another individual. Such an act is more than Negligence or gross negligence; it is equivalent in its results to an act of willful misconduct. A wanton injury is one precipitated by a conscious and intentional wrongful act or by an omission of a known obligation with reckless indifference to potential harmful consequences.

wanton

adj. 1) grossly negligent to the extent of being recklessly unconcerned with the safety of people or property. Examples: speeding by a school while it is letting out students, or firing a shotgun in a public park. 2) sexually immoral and unrestrained.

wanton

adjective careless, dissolute, froward, groundless, heedless, immoral, impudicus, intemperate, lewd, libidinous, licentious, lustful, luxuriant, unjustifiable, unmanageable, unprovoked
Associated concepts: wanton act, wanton disregard, wanton indifference, wanton injury, wanton misconduct, wanton negligence
See also: flagrant, hot-blooded, imprudent, lascivious, lecherous, lewd, licentious, malicious, needless, obscene, outrageous, prodigal, profuse, promiscuous, prurient, reckless, salacious, suggestive, unrestrained, unruly, unscrupulous
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Why not drag the people back out of their warm cosy beds, in their nicely furnished homes to pick up the rubbish that they wantonly discarded the night before?
and owner, curator and author of what is likely the most offensive electronic sign in NH, is sued for defamation by Manchester business-folks Dick Anagnost, Andy Crews and Bill Greiner after MG wantonly accused them of dealing drugs, attempted murder and extortion.
Many of these tusks belonged to elephants which were wantonly slaughtered by criminals.
A young boy loves to read, but he doesn't understand how to handle books--he wantonly tosses library books around and tears their pages.
Summary: The Middle East appears on the brink of wider sectarian war engulfing Iraq and Syria with radical Islamist insurgents wantonly kidnapping, torturing and killing civilians, U.
It should not be necessary for a trainer to incur the expense of a trip to the racecourse or for a vet to visit their yard when there is a genuine problem, but it is totally unacceptable fields are wantonly distorted by connections who abuse the self-certification concession just because they don't fancy their chances.
A case has been registered under sections 125 ( waging war against any Asiatic power in alliance with the Government of India) and 153 ( wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot -- if rioting be committed; if not committed) of the IPC.
They're also wantonly squandering the massive opportunities in low carbon growth.
economy, there may be resonance with the devil-may-care destruction wantonly wrought in the movie.
On the first day of the battle of the Somme 60,000 British soldiers were wantonly butchered.
Arrest: Eric James, 18, of 5 Baxter Road, Paxton, charged with breaking and entering into a building in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony and wantonly injuring and tagging real or personal property.
He spots that prisons are unhappy places, that hospitals lack hope, that poverty stricken slums are usually written off as dens of wickedness, that animals suffer in zoos and that people kill each other wantonly in war.