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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 Pottsylvanian spies decide their weapon is unnecessary: Congress is already ignorant, corrupt and feckless.
After the storm, then-U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and FEMA administrator Michael Brown were cast as clueless and feckless.
Despite such deviant behaviour by a feckless few, Bycyklen was something of a success.
But their most dangerous hitter, Aaron Judge, has been feckless of late.
Too often in the modern game the best hitters are rendered feckless by men who throw 10 to 15 pitches every third day.
With Bannon as his wingman, his aim is to blow up the Republican Party, purge it of a feckless and tired Establishment, and remake it with his own shock troops into a nativist and nationalist regime.
But beyond highlighting the nursing home’s feckless response, the email also raises doubts about the state’s strategy for helping elder-care operators brace for a looming catastrophe.
Almost all the pillars of President Trump's presidency — immigration, jobs, mistrust of allies, coloring Washington as a feckless, greedy swamp — can be traced back to one of his core beliefs: America is getting shafted by the rest of the world.
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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
First Known Use: circa 1585See Words from the same year
Synonymscounterproductive, ineffective, hamstrung, ineffectual, inefficacious, inefficient, inexpedient
Antonymseffective, effectual, efficacious, efficient, expedient, operant, ultraefficient
Related Wordsabortive, bootless, fruitless, futile, nonproductive, pointless, profitless, unavailing, unproductive, unprofitable, unsuccessful, useless, worthless
Near Antonymsavailing, beneficial, helpful, productive, profitable, successful, useful, worthwhile
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