- said, done, or characterized by a lack of a sense of responsibility: His refusal to work shows him to be completely irresponsible.
- not capable of or qualified for responsibility, as due to age, circumstances, or a mental deficiency.
- not responsible, answerable, or accountable to higher authority: irresponsible as a monarch.
- an irresponsible person.
Origin of irresponsible
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1. unreliable, undependable, thoughtless.
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Examples from the Web for irresponsibility
Next, add the vices of a rentier state: laziness, irresponsibility, a sense of entitlement, and ignorance.It’s Not the USA that Made Libya the Disaster it is Today
August 3, 2014
To treat Islam as one evil enterprise “seems to me to be the height of inaccuracy and irresponsibility,” he told me forcefully.The End of Us And Them: David Cannadine’s Quest to Unite History
May 10, 2013
Fairly or not, many people see that kind of amplitude of girth as a sign of irresponsibility or lack of discipline or something.The Christie Girth
December 14, 2012
My colorful choices do not indicate any irresponsibility associated with how I handle children.Pornstar Aurora Snow on the Sasha Grey School Controversy
December 21, 2011
Hessler, thanks to the Post, is now the poster child for selfishness, immaturity, and irresponsibility at Occupy Wall Street.Occupy Wall Street: The New York Post's Bogus Coverage
Emily Atkin, Matthew DeLuca
November 10, 2011
A caterer's thrifty concession to the universal passion for irresponsibility.The Devil's Dictionary
Irresponsibility ran strongly in that branch of the Butler family.The Snare
He had a gay sense of irresponsibility, of seeking the event.The Prisoner
At once, it seemed to me, he recognised the irresponsibility of his rider.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
It is a fine thing to get into the freedom and irresponsibility of a big city!Expositions of Holy Scripture
- not showing or done with due care for the consequences of one's actions or attitudes; reckless
- not capable of bearing responsibility
- archaic not answerable to a higher authority for one's actions
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Word Origin and History for irresponsibility
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