irresponsible

adjective
ir·​re·​spon·​si·​ble | \ ˌir-i-ˈspän(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce irresponsible (audio) \

Definition of irresponsible

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not responsible: such as
a : not answerable to higher authority an irresponsible dictatorship
b : said or done with no sense of responsibility irresponsible accusations
c : lacking a sense of responsibility
d : unable especially mentally or financially to bear responsibility

irresponsible

noun

Definition of irresponsible (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is irresponsible

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Other Words from irresponsible

Adjective

irresponsibility \ ˌir-​i-​ˌspän(t)-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce irresponsibility (audio) \ noun
irresponsibleness \ ˌir-​i-​ˈspän(t)-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce irresponsibleness (audio) \ noun
irresponsibly \ ˌir-​i-​ˈspän(t)-​sə-​blē How to pronounce irresponsibly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for irresponsible

Synonyms: Adjective

daredevil, devil-may-care, foolhardy, harum-scarum, hell-for-leather, kamikaze, reckless

Antonyms: Adjective

responsible

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

That film is about an unhinged, spurned mistress who uses the levers of reputation to wreak havoc on an irresponsible but ultimately redeemable man. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "In Dirty John, Connie Britton Brings a Cautionary Tale to Life—And According to Her, the Timing’s Never Been Better to Talk About Con Men," 23 Nov. 2018 Not to mention that doing anything about parenthood other than daydreaming seems irresponsible. Horacio Salinas, Allure, "The Rise of Egg Freezing as a Fertility Choice," 15 Oct. 2018 Portland has now entered into the unfounded, irresponsible speculation of free agency around LeBron. Tim Brown, OregonLive.com, "Richard Jefferson makes outlandish claim that Portland Trail Blazers will be LeBron James' destination in free agency," 1 June 2018 Let whatever reckoning Holmes and Balwani receive serve as an object lesson in irresponsible growth. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Theranos Indictments Expose the Soul of Silicon Valley," 15 June 2018 For example, most of the ills of the housing market leading up to 2008 were marked by lending practices that ranged from irresponsible to downright reckless. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Housing market signaled potential future downturn in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 The Queen is said to believe the pair had been irresponsible in their infidelities, and had Camilla banned from the palace. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Why The Queen Giving Camilla a Shoutout in Her Birthday Tribute to Prince Charles Is a Big Deal," 14 Nov. 2018 Nevertheless, the fundamental point remains: Republicans are pursuing an economic policy that is mind-boggling hypocritical – and, in the estimation of most economists, profoundly irresponsible. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The GOP Is Embracing Fiscal Irresponsibility. That’s (Probably) for the Best.," 7 Feb. 2018 An online petition launched Tuesday by Boston activist Evan Greer is urging the university to end the contract, asserting that any collaboration with ICE is immoral and irresponsible. J.d. Capelouto, BostonGlobe.com, "Northeastern University comes under fire for receiving millions from ICE through research contract," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of irresponsible

Adjective

1648, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1892, in the meaning defined above

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irresponsible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of irresponsible

: not having or showing maturity or good judgment : not responsible

irresponsible

adjective
ir·​re·​spon·​si·​ble | \ ˌir-i-ˈspän-sə-bəl How to pronounce irresponsible (audio) \

Kids Definition of irresponsible

: having or showing little or no sense of responsibility You're too irresponsible for a pet.

Other Words from irresponsible

irresponsibly \ -​ˈspän-​sə-​blē \ adverb

irresponsible

adjective
ir·​re·​spon·​si·​ble | \ ˌir-i-ˈspän(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce irresponsible (audio) \

Medical Definition of irresponsible

: not responsible : mentally inadequate to bear responsibility

Other Words from irresponsible

irresponsibility \ -​ˌspän(t)-​sə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce irresponsibility (audio) \ noun, plural -ties

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