irresponsible

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adjective

ir·​re·​spon·​si·​ble ˌir-i-ˈspän(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce irresponsible (audio)
: not responsible: such as
a
: lacking a sense of responsibility
b
: said or done with no sense of responsibility
irresponsible accusations
c
: unable especially mentally or financially to bear responsibility
d
: not answerable to higher authority
an irresponsible dictatorship
irresponsibility noun
irresponsibleness noun
irresponsibly adverb

irresponsible

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noun

: a person who is irresponsible

Examples of irresponsible in a Sentence

Adjective He's too irresponsible to keep a job for more than a week. She made irresponsible comments that helped cause the riot. It would be irresponsible to ignore the threats.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
This doesn’t mean taking wild, irresponsible gambles, but instead calculated risks. Thai Son Nguyen, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Similar theories about dangerous product designs, irresponsible marketing and reckless distribution practices in opioid litigation have transformed the pharmaceutical industry. Timothy D. Lytton, The Conversation, 16 Feb. 2024 With new federal tax credits, not decarbonizing those emissions is irresponsible. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 Ukrainians said that Carlson was irresponsible and ineffective as an interviewer. Serhiy Morgunov, Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2024 Residents share with me their deep concerns about irresponsible development, affordable housing, homelessness, and the deterioration of city services. Sam Kmack, The Arizona Republic, 10 Feb. 2024 Much of that debt growth is result of irresponsible stimulus spending that drives inflation and debt without really helping restore the economy. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 Six months ago, Los Angeles City Councilmember Nithya Raman voted against a lucrative package of pay increases for police officers, arguing the deal was financially irresponsible and would take money away from other city services. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 None of this is to suggest the producers of these shows were irresponsible in their spending or went way over budget. Vulture, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1648, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of irresponsible was in 1648

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Cite this Entry

“Irresponsible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irresponsible. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

irresponsible

adjective
ir·​re·​spon·​si·​ble
ˌir-i-ˈspän(t)-sə-bəl
1
: not legally responsible
2
: having or showing no sense of responsibility
irresponsible behavior
3
: unable to bear responsibility
irresponsibility
-ˌspän(t)-sə-ˈbil-ət-ē
noun
irresponsibly
-ˈspän(t)-sə-blē
adverb

Medical Definition

irresponsible

adjective
ir·​re·​spon·​si·​ble ˌir-i-ˈspän(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce irresponsible (audio)
: not responsible : mentally inadequate to bear responsibility
irresponsibility noun
plural irresponsibilities

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