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Definition of wanton adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    wanton

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈwɑntən//
     
    , NAmE//ˈwɔntən//
     
    (formal)
     
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  1. 1[usually before noun] causing harm or damage deliberately and for no acceptable reason wanton destruction a wanton disregard for human life the wanton killing of innocent creatures
  2. 2(old-fashioned) (disapproving) (usually of a woman) behaving in a very immoral way; having many sexual partners
 
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