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Wantonness is the trait of lacking restraint or control. In other contexts, it can refer to to the quality of being lewd and lascivious. The corresponding adjective is wanton.

Depending on the context, wantonness can be a positive (in the sense of spontaneity, free-spiritedness, freedom from worry) or a negative thing.

When used reprehensively by parents, guardians or teachers, the term wanton(ness) usually implies that the child needs stricter discipline.


  • abandon
  • indiscipline
  • unconstraint
  • wildness
  • carelessness
  • impulsiveness
  • recklessness
  • licentiousness
  • slovenliness
  • sluttishness
  • looseness
  • dissoluteness
  • mischief