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reckless (adj.)

Middle English recheles, from Old English receleas "careless, thoughtless, heedless," earlier reccileas, literally "not recking (of consequences)" from *rece, recce "care, heed," from reccan "to care" (see reck (v.)) + -less. The same affixed form is in German ruchlos, Dutch roekeloos "wicked."

The root verb reck (Old English reccan) is passing into obscurity; the range of Middle English spellings might reflect uncertainty even then about it, e.g. rechiles, retcheles, recelease, richeles, regeles, reccles, rakeles

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Definitions of reckless from WordNet

reckless (adj.)
marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences; "became the fiercest and most reckless of partisans"-Macaulay;
a reckless driver
Synonyms: foolhardy / heady / rash
reckless (adj.)
characterized by careless unconcern; "the heedless generosity and the spasmodic extravagance of persons used to large fortunes"- Edith Wharton;
reckless squandering of public funds
Synonyms: heedless
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