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irresponsible

[ir-i-spon-suh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈspɒn sə bəl/
adjective
1.
said, done, or characterized by a lack of a sense of responsibility:
His refusal to work shows him to be completely irresponsible.
2.
not capable of or qualified for responsibility, as due to age, circumstances, or a mental deficiency.
3.
not responsible, answerable, or accountable to higher authority:
irresponsible as a monarch.
noun
4.
an irresponsible person.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; ir-2 + responsible
Related forms
irresponsibility, irresponsibleness, noun
irresponsibly, adverb
Synonyms
1. unreliable, undependable, thoughtless.
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  • The salient characteristic of your civilization is its irresponsibility.
  • Dulled conscience, irresponsibility, and ruthless self-interest already reappear.
  • The gaiety and irresponsibility which marked the earlier years of his production had now given place to pain and bitterness.
  • If you can't stomach the irresponsibility, don't fly.
  • Or, as some of their peers seem to think, they may be so far ahead of their science as to be on the edge of irresponsibility.
  • Even so that does not imply necessarily total irresponsibility, let alone deliberate malpractice.
British Dictionary definitions for irresponsibility

irresponsible

/ˌɪrɪˈspɒnsəbəl/
adjective
1.
not showing or done with due care for the consequences of one's actions or attitudes; reckless
2.
not capable of bearing responsibility
3.
(archaic) not answerable to a higher authority for one's actions
Derived Forms
irresponsibility, irresponsibleness, noun
irresponsibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irresponsibility
n.

1818; see irresponsible + -ity.

irresponsible

adj.

1640s, "not legally answerable for conduct or actions," from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + responsible. Meaning "not acting with a sense of responsibility" is from 1680s. Related: Irresponsibly.

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