wanton

wanton
wan·ton /'wänt-ən, 'wȯnt-/ adj: manifesting extreme indifference to a risk of injury to another that is known or should have been known: characterized by knowledge of and utter disregard for probability of resulting harm
a wanton act
by such wanton or willful misconduct see also reckless
Wanton reckless, and willful are often used to refer to an aggravated level of negligence that borders on intent and that is often ground for an award of punitive damages.
wan·ton·ly adv
wan·ton·ness n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

wanton
I adjective careless, dissolute, froward, groundless, heedless, immoral, impudicus, intemperate, lascivus, lewd, libidinous, licentious, lustful, luxuriant, reckless, unjustifiable, unmanageable, unprovoked associated concepts: wanton act, wanton disregard, wanton indifference, wanton injury, wanton misconduct, wanton negligence II index flagrant, hot-blooded, imprudent, lascivious, lecherous, lewd, licentious, malicious, needless, obscene, outrageous, prodigal, profuse, promiscuous, prurient, reckless, salacious, suggestive (risqué), unrestrained (not repressed), unruly, unscrupulous

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


wanton
adj.
(1) Reckless; malicious; deliberate, unprovoked, and in disregard of the safety of others.
(2) Immodest; sexually promiscuous.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


wanton
1) Behavior that is grossly negligent and recklessly unconcerned with the safety of people or property. For example, speeding past a school while students are leaving, or firing a shotgun in a crowded public park, are wanton acts that will, if someone is killed, justify a charge of second degree murder.
2) Sexually immoral and unrestrained.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


wanton
adj. Reckless; extremely careless; acting with utter disregard for others; implies conduct that is beyond mere negligence. In criminal law, malicious or malevolent intent.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


wanton
Grossly careless or negligent; reckless; malicious.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


wanton
Grossly careless or negligent; reckless; malicious.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Wanton — Wan ton, a. [OE. wantoun, contr. from wantowen; pref. wan wanting (see {Wane}, v. i.), hence expressing negation + towen, p. p., AS. togen, p. p. of te[ o]n to draw, to educate, bring up; hence, properly, ill bred. See {Tug}, v. t.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wanton — [wänt′ n] adj. [ME wantowen, var. of wantogen, wanton, irregular < OE wan , used as negative prefix < wan, lacking, deficient (see WANE) + togen, pp. of teon, to draw, educate, bring up (see TOW1)] 1. Obs. undisciplined; unmanageable [a… …   English World dictionary

  • Wanton — may refer to:* Joseph Wanton Morrison (1783 1826), British soldier * Wanton noodle, a Cantonese noodle dishPeople with the surname Wanton:* George H. Wanton (1868 1940), Buffalo Soldier in the United States Army * Joseph Wanton (1705 1780),… …   Wikipedia

  • wanton — [adj1] extravagant, lustful abandoned, fast*, lax, lewd, libertine, libidinous, licentious, outrageous, profligate, promiscuous, shameless, speedy*, unprincipled, unscrupulous, wayward, X rated*; concepts 372,401,545 Ant. clean, decent, moral,… …   New thesaurus

  • Wanton — Wan ton, n. 1. A roving, frolicsome thing; a trifler; used rarely as a term of endearment. [1913 Webster] I am afeard you make a wanton of me. Shak. [1913 Webster] Peace, my wantons; he will do More than you can aim unto. B. Jonson. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wanton — Wan ton, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Wantoned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wantoning}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To rove and ramble without restraint, rule, or limit; to revel; to play loosely; to frolic. [1913 Webster] Nature here wantoned as in her prime. Milton.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wanton — Wan ton, v. t. To cause to become wanton; also, to waste in wantonness. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wanton — 1 *licentious, libertine, lewd, lustful, lascivious, libidinous, lecherous Analogous words: *immoral, unmoral, amoral: *abandoned, profligate, dissolute, reprobate Antonyms: chaste Contrasted words: pure, modest, decent (see CHASTE): virtuous, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • wanton — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a cruel or violent action) deliberate and unprovoked. 2) sexually immodest or promiscuous. 3) literary growing profusely; luxuriant. ► NOUN archaic ▪ a sexually immodest or promiscuous woman. DERIVATIVES wantonly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • wanton — Reckless, heedless, malicious; characterized by extreme recklessness or foolhardiness; recklessly disregardful of the rights or safety of others or of consequences. In re Wegner, C.C.A.I11., 88 F.2d 899, 902. Means undisciplined, unruly, marked… …   Black's law dictionary

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