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.
an irresponsible person.
- ir·re·spon·si·bil·i·ty, ir·re·spon·si·ble·ness, noun
- ir·re·spon·si·bly, adverb
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How to use irresponsible in a sentence
It’s irresponsible to suggest that abolitionists have to have a 100 percent fully realized blueprint.What the public is getting right — and wrong — about police abolition | Fabiola Cineas | October 30, 2020 | Vox
I was desperately trying not to do anything destructive or irresponsible, both things I had trouble avoiding.Making the Most of Playing Hooky for the World Series | Eugene Robinson | October 25, 2020 | Ozy
Rogue code and irresponsible use could lead to mass violence on a scale and speed we don’t understand today.
This information was ignored, and the reporting was irresponsible.A Hospital Chain Said Our Article Was Inaccurate. It’s Not. | by Peter Elkind | October 12, 2020 | ProPublica
The proclamation alarmed a number of his Democratic colleagues who said the response was irresponsible.It’s October, COVID-19 is sweeping through Congress, and there is still no formal testing protocol in place | Nicole Goodkind | October 5, 2020 | Fortune
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 | Ann Marlowe | August 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Jimmy So | May 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Why did we combine an immediate contractionary tax increase with long-term fiscal irresponsibility?
Fairly or not, many people see that kind of amplitude of girth as a sign of irresponsibility or lack of discipline or something.
My colorful choices do not indicate any irresponsibility associated with how I handle children.Pornstar Aurora Snow on the Sasha Grey School Controversy | Aurora Snow | December 21, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
At times the evil inclination seems to get beyond the power of the will and a period of irresponsibility sets in.Essays In Pastoral Medicine | Austin Malley
Paranoia, at least in its severer forms, completely justifies the plea of irresponsibility for actions committed.Essays In Pastoral Medicine | Austin Malley
You seldom run across such a combination of physical perfection and child-like irresponsibility.The Hidden Places | Bertrand W. Sinclair
All material objects around announced their irresponsibility with terrible iteration.Tess of the d'Urbervilles | Thomas Hardy
Its rule combines the disadvantage of absolute monarchy with the impersonality and irresponsibility of democratic officialdom.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind | Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for irresponsible
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
- irresponsibility or irresponsibleness, noun
- irresponsibly, adverb
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