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irresponsible

[ir-i-spon-suh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈspɒn sə bəl/
adjective
1.
said, done, or characterized by a lack of a sense of responsibility:
His refusal to work shows him to be completely irresponsible.
2.
not capable of or qualified for responsibility, as due to age, circumstances, or a mental deficiency.
3.
not responsible, answerable, or accountable to higher authority:
irresponsible as a monarch.
noun
4.
an irresponsible person.
Origin of irresponsible
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; ir-2 + responsible
Related forms
irresponsibility, irresponsibleness, noun
irresponsibly, adverb
Synonyms
1. unreliable, undependable, thoughtless.
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Examples from the Web for irresponsibility
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  • A caterer's thrifty concession to the universal passion for irresponsibility.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • irresponsibility ran strongly in that branch of the Butler family.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • He had a gay sense of irresponsibility, of seeking the event.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • 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

    Alexander Maclaren
British Dictionary definitions for irresponsibility

irresponsible

/ˌɪrɪˈspɒnsəbəl/
adjective
1.
not showing or done with due care for the consequences of one's actions or attitudes; reckless
2.
not capable of bearing responsibility
3.
(archaic) not answerable to a higher authority for one's actions
Derived Forms
irresponsibility, irresponsibleness, noun
irresponsibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irresponsibility
n.

1818; see irresponsible + -ity.

irresponsible

adj.

1640s, "not legally answerable for conduct or actions," from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + responsible. Meaning "not acting with a sense of responsibility" is from 1680s. Related: Irresponsibly.

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