Word of the DaySunday, March 18, 2001
\FEK-lis\ , adjective;
Ineffective; having no real worth or purpose.
Worthless; irresponsible; generally incompetent and ineffectual.
He was a great admirer of the poetry of plain speech. He despised mere feckless adornments of language or thought.
-- Richard Elman, Namedropping: Mostly Literary Memoirs
Nelson spent decades in feckless pursuit of a superstructure for implementing his grand design.
-- Paul Andrews, How The Web Was Won
Grandpa was a jovial, good-natured man but feckless and addicted to drink, producing in Lucy an everlasting hatred of liquor that she must have drummed into her grandson.
-- Ron Chernow, Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
Feckless is from Scots feck, alteration of effect + -less.
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