- ineffective; incompetent; futile: feckless attempts to repair the plumbing.
- having no sense of responsibility; indifferent; lazy.
Origin of feckless
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Related Wordsaimless, carefree, careless, feeble, fustian, futile, good-for-nothing, hopeless, incautious, incompetent, ineffective, ineffectual, irresponsible, meaningless, reckless, shiftless, useless, weak, wild, worthless
Examples from the Web for feckless
Still, the video is a reminder of how feckless U.S. efforts to free American hostages have become.A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage
November 17, 2014
This disdain stems from anger at intrusive Congressional action and feckless Congressional inaction.Former Lobbyist Jack Abramoff On Congressional Travel Disclosure
July 4, 2014
In contrast to the feckless Iraqi commanders who fled Mosul, these Iranian forces are disciplined, motivated, and ruthless.How Iran and America Can Beat ISIS Together
Ben Van Heuvelen
June 21, 2014
Strategic recklessness aside, the chief problem with the plan was that it needed a weak, feckless opposition.Jim DeMint’s New Obamacare Attack: It Wasn’t Approved
October 18, 2013
The old Kaiser Franz Joseph, faithful and hardworking, was the obverse of the feckless and impetuous German kaiser.Before the Fall: What Did the World Look Like in 1913?
June 9, 2013
"It caps all—you niver heard sec feckless wark," she was saying.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
As for that feckless loon Bombazo, the peer body is best in bed.'Our Home in the Silver West
If ye miss that, ye must be as feckless at the sailoring as I have found ye at the fighting.Kidnapped
Robert Louis Stevenson
My love is so feckless, that it is a shame to offer it to Him!
Madam, let others take their silly, feckless heaven in this life.
- feeble; weak; ineffectual; irresponsible
C16: from obsolete feck value, effect + -less
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Word Origin and History for feckless
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