fecklessness

feckless

[fek-lis]
adjective
1.
ineffective; incompetent; futile: feckless attempts to repair the plumbing.
2.
having no sense of responsibility; indifferent; lazy.

Origin:
1590–1600; orig. Scots, equivalent to feck, late Middle English (Scots) fek, aphetic form of effeck (Scots form of effect) + -less

fecklessly, adverb
fecklessness, noun

feckless, reckless.
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feckless (ˈfɛklɪs)
 
adj
feeble; weak; ineffectual; irresponsible
 
[C16: from obsolete feck value, effect + -less]
 
'fecklessly
 
adv
 
'fecklessness
 
n

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feckless
1590s, from feck, "effect, value, vigor" (late 15c.), Scottish shortened form of effect; popularized by Carlyle, who left its opposite, feckful, in dialectal obscurity.
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