reckless

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From Middle English rekles, reckeles, rekkeles, (also recheles), from Old English rēcelēas (reckless, careless, negligent), equivalent to reck +‎ -less. Cognate with West Frisian roekeleas (reckless), Dutch roekeloos (reckless), German Low German ruuklos (careless), German ruchlos (careless, notorious).

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reckless (comparative recklesser or more reckless, superlative recklessest or most reckless)

  1. Careless or heedless; headstrong or rash.
  2. Indifferent to danger or the consequences.
    • 2018 July 25, A. A. Dowd, “Fallout may be the Most Breathlessly Intense Mission: Impossible Adventure Yet”, in The A.V. Club[1], archived from the original on 31 July 2018:
      Escalation is the film’s nuclear energy source. It’s there, of course, in the downright lunatic stunts performed by [Tom] Cruise, again defying good sense and his own advancing years to top his previous feats of reckless self-endangerment.

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