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irresponsible

[ ir-i-spon-suh-buhl ]
/ ˌɪr ɪˈspɒn sə bəl /
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adjective
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.
noun
an irresponsible person.
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Origin of irresponsible

First recorded in 1640–50; ir-2 + responsible

OTHER WORDS FROM irresponsible

ir·re·spon·si·bil·i·ty, ir·re·spon·si·ble·ness, nounir·re·spon·si·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for irresponsible

irresponsible
/ (ˌɪrɪˈspɒnsəbəl) /

adjective
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

Derived forms of irresponsible

irresponsibility or irresponsibleness, nounirresponsibly, adverb
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