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irresponsible

adjective ir·re·spon·si·ble \ ˌir-i-ˈspän(t)-sə-bəl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of irresponsible

: 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

irresponsibility

play \ˌir-i-ˌspän(t)-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

irresponsibleness

play \ˌir-i-ˈspän(t)-sə-bəl-nəs\ noun

irresponsibly

play \ˌir-i-ˈspän(t)-sə-blē\ adverb

Examples of irresponsible in a Sentence

  1. He's too irresponsible to keep a job for more than a week.

  2. She made irresponsible comments that helped cause the riot.

  3. It would be irresponsible to ignore the threats.

Recent Examples of irresponsible from the Web

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First Known Use of irresponsible

1648


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irresponsible

noun

Definition of irresponsible

: a person who is irresponsible

First Known Use of irresponsible

1892


IRRESPONSIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

irresponsible

adjective

Definition of irresponsible for English Language Learners

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


IRRESPONSIBLE Defined for Kids

irresponsible

adjective ir·re·spon·si·ble \ ˌir-i-ˈspän-sə-bəl \

Definition of irresponsible for Students

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

irresponsibly

\-ˈspän-sə-blē\ adverb

Medical Dictionary

irresponsible

adjective ir·re·spon·si·ble \ ˌir-i-ˈspän(t)-sə-bəl \

medical Definition of irresponsible

: not responsible : mentally inadequate to bear responsibility

irresponsibility

play \-ˌspän(t)-sə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun plural -ties


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