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    wantonly calling into existence

    He glanced up again, and realized that the arm that had puzzled him was represented as wantonly calling into existence a bowl of doomed petunias. This was not a concept which leapt easily to the eye.
    (The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams)

    What exactly does 'wantonly' mean here?

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    Re: wantonly calling into existence

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    He glanced up again, and realized that the arm that had puzzled him was represented as wantonly calling into existence a bowl of doomed petunias. This was not a concept which leapt easily to the eye.
    (The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams)

    What exactly does 'wantonly' mean here?

    Thanks.
    Without a thought for the consequences.

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