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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry;
- Example: "she danced with abandon"
[syn: abandon, wantonness, unconstraint]

2. the quality of being lewd and lascivious;
[syn: licentiousness, wantonness]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wantonness \Wan"ton*ness\, n. The quality or state of being wanton; negligence of restraint; sportiveness; recklessness; lasciviousness. --Gower. [1913 Webster] The tumults threatened to abuse all acts of grace, and turn them into wantonness. --Eikon Basilike. [1913 Webster] Young gentlemen would be as sad as night Only for wantonness. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

wantonness n 1: the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry; "she danced with abandon" [syn: abandon, wantonness, unconstraint] 2: the quality of being lewd and lascivious [syn: licentiousness, wantonness]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

WANTONNESS, crim. law. A licentious act by one man towards the person of another without regard to his rights; as, for example, if a man should attempt to pull off another's hat against his will in order to expose him to ridicule, the offence would be an assault, and if he touched him it would amount to a battery. (q.v.) 2. In such case there would be no malice, but the wantonness of the act would render the offending party liable to punishment.