Wanton

(redirected from wantonly)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to wantonly: expediently

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.

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

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.

Copyright © 1981-2005 by Gerald N. Hill and Kathleen T. Hill. All Right reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Geng then said, "We urge the Prague authorities and individual politicians to change their minds as soon as possible and not to wantonly undermine the overall situation of Sino-Czech relations.
Even though Mayor Karachi and his party are in alliance with us, this does not mean we will allow him to wantonly destroy Mini Pakistan.'
What was hailed as a landmark judgement and a human rights victory unraveled into a situation in which there was no distinction between the peaceful right to dissent and the thuggery of mobs who claimed a 'moral right' to wreak public havoc, to attack citizens and law enforcement personnel, to wantonly destroy property and to incite hatred against religious minorities.
What was hailed as a landmark judgement and a human rights victory unraveled into a situation in which there was no distinction between the peaceful right to dissent and the thuggery of mobs who claimed a moral right' to wreak public havoc, to attack citizens and law enforcement personnel, to wantonly destroy property and to incite hatred against religious minorities," the statement added.
Whenever wickedly waltzed, one wacky woman, woozy with whisky, washed with warm well water while watching woody woodpecker wantonly whistling with weird, whip-wielding witches whipping whales with wicker wands.
The case (FIR No 695) was registered at the Swabi police station on Aug 13 under Sections 123-B (defiling or unauthorisedly removing the National Flag of Pakistan from Government building, etc), 131 (abetting mutiny, or attempting to seduce a soldier, sailor or airman from his duty), 147 (punishment for rioting), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
CJGEA, in its June newsletter, says the community was 'wantonly, systematically and with impunity', exposed to massive lead poisoning from a state licensed smelter, associated with powerful politicians.
The constitutional license the SRC enjoys is not one to act wantonly and where there is breach of the principles and the law, courts will not hesitate to step in and correct the error.
A city with wonderful buildings from yesteryear that we in Birmingham once had and in our wisdom decided to wantonly destroy and replace with buildings that 40 years later we are knocking down, a city where litter stands out.
'It behooves the Secretary of Justice to reverse and set aside the assailed order, as it wantonly tolerates the unjust and hasty persecution of Mr.
To be prosecuted for murder or manslaughter under the bill, the killer must have intended to kill or cause serious injury to the unborn child or wantonly or recklessly disregarded the likelihood that the persons actions would cause the death or serious physical injury.
Chak Sopheap, director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said yesterday the right to peaceful assembly could not be restricted wantonly. '[It] is essential for public expression and indispensable in a democratic society and as such, must be fiercely protected,' she said.