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Examples of feckless in a Sentence
She can't rely on her feckless son.
a well-intentioned but feckless response to the rise in school violence
Recent Examples of feckless from the Web
The dialogue can occasionally feel a bit canned, as if lifted from a lesser sitcom, and the author overplays the scenes of his narrator as a feckless, self-loathing alcoholic, endlessly recycling glimpses of him drunk, drying out and drunk again.
Or, to put it another way, to make folklore out of the feckless.
More than any other factor, though, the case for a Glass EGG is made by the celebrated couch dance the candidate performs every time some feckless mug artist tries to take his picture.
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Did You Know?
Someone feckless is lacking in feck. And what, you may ask, is feck? Feck is a Scots term that means "effect" or "majority" and comes from an alteration of the Middle English effect. So something without feck is without effect, or ineffective. In the past, feckful (meaning "efficient," "sturdy," or "powerful") made an occasional appearance. But in this case, the weak has outlived the strong: feckless is a commonly used English word, but feckful has fallen out of use.
Origin and Etymology of feckless
Scots, from feck effect, majority, from Middle English (Scots) fek, alteration of Middle English effect
First Known Use: circa 1585See Words from the same year
FECKLESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of feckless for English Language Learners
: having or resulting from a weak character or nature
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