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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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.

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"We hope the decision illustrates that 'gross negligence' and 'willful and wanton misconduct' are extremely high hurdles to clear, and that future litigants will be discouraged from using those terms as pleading devices to sustain claims (something we often see in municipal cases, for example, where the same standard applies to individual defendants) when the facts don't support such claims," Broaddus said.
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Let me also call on the security agencies in the state to immediately wade into investigating these killings and wanton destruction of properties to ensure that this does not escalate', he said
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Does anyone believe that having lost three stone in a year she slips down to the fridge every night in her silk dressing gown (all wanton and lipglossed) to secretly scoff some calorie-laden snack?
Hamas, Hezbollah, and their ilk have long used images of children as a cudgel to portray Israelis as a wanton murderers of children, even as the IDF remains the only force that doesn't target civilians.
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By comparing the Vale's thousands of social tenants to the criminals who caused such wanton damage and death in London, Manchester, Salford, and other cities on a smaller scale, he has gone "beyond the pale".
Headteacher Mrs Ann Crines said: "We are all absolutely appalled at this wanton vandalism.