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feckless

[fek-lis] /ˈfɛk lɪs/
adjective
1.
ineffective; incompetent; futile:
feckless attempts to repair the plumbing.
2.
having no sense of responsibility; indifferent; lazy.
Origin of feckless
1590-1600
1590-1600; orig. Scots, equivalent to feck, late Middle English (Scots) fek, aphetic form of effeck (Scots form of effect) + -less
Related forms
fecklessly, adverb
fecklessness, noun
Can be confused
feckless, reckless.
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feckless

/ˈfɛklɪs/
adjective
1.
feeble; weak; ineffectual; irresponsible
Derived Forms
fecklessly, adverb
fecklessness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from obsolete feck value, effect + -less
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Word Origin and History for feckless
adj.

1590s, from feck, "effect, value, vigor" (late 15c.), Scottish shortened form of effect, + -less. Popularized by Carlyle, who left its opposite, feckful, in dialectal obscurity. Related: Fecklessly; fecklessness.

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