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adjective    /ˈrek·ləs/
showing a lack of care about risks or danger, and acting without thinking about the results of your actions: These punks have a reckless disregard for the law. He pleaded innocent to reckless driving charges. recklessly    /ˈrek·ləs·li/ adverb She spends her money recklessly. recklessness    /ˈrek·ləs·nəs/ noun [U] The accident was a result of recklessness.
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