- 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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It was almost pathetic that any one could so cheerfully and irresponsibly suggest the perpetration of a crime.A Reversible Santa Claus
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- 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 irresponsibly
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