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[ir-i-spon-suh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈspɒn sə bəl/
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.
an irresponsible person.
Origin of irresponsible
1640-50; ir-2 + responsible
Related forms
irresponsibility, irresponsibleness, noun
irresponsibly, adverb
1. unreliable, undependable, thoughtless. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for irresponsible
  • It seems irresponsible to blame condoms for making the epidemic worse.
  • Increasingly they strike me as escapist and irresponsible.
  • It bothers me to see irresponsible people getting a dog.
  • Nothing could be more environmentally irresponsible.
  • Although you do run the risk that it will be made fun of on snarky irresponsible blogs.
  • But when you consider his timing, they were shockingly irresponsible.
  • The outside world thinks of us all as rich and irresponsible.
  • To accuse any business of recklessness with such an almost limitless cost of failure is irresponsible.
  • Without it the concept and positions are biased and irresponsible.
  • We didn't do that because to me and to the rest of the board that would have been irresponsible.
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
Derived Forms
irresponsibility, irresponsibleness, noun
irresponsibly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for irresponsible

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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