Irresponsible Ir`re*spon"si*ble, a. [Pref. ir- not + responsible: cf. F. irresponsable.] 1. Not responsible; not liable or able to answer for consequences; innocent. [1913 Webster]

2. Not to be trusted; unreliable; lacking a proper sense of responsibility. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • irresponsible — adj. irresponsible to + inf. (it was irresponsible of him to speak to reporters) * * * [ˌɪrɪ spɒnsəb(ə)l] irresponsible to + inf. (it was irresponsible of him to speak to reporters) …   Combinatory dictionary

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