irresponsible

  • 1 irresponsible — [ir΄i spän′sə bəl] adj. not responsible; specif., a) not liable to be called to account for actions b) lacking a sense of responsibility; unreliable, shiftless, etc. c) said or done as by an irresponsible person n. an irresponsible person… …

    English World dictionary

  • 2 irresponsible — I adjective arbitrary, capricious, changeable, disloyal, disobedient, dutiless, flighty, fluctuating, frivolous, inconstant, infirm of purpose, lawless, mutinous, perfidious, rash, rebellious, shiftless, thoughtless, treacherous, trustless,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 irresponsible — (adj.) 1640s, not legally answerable for conduct or actions, from assimilated form of IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + RESPONSIBLE (Cf. responsible). Meaning not acting with a sense of responsibility is from 1680s. Related: Irresponsibly …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 irresponsible — is spelt ible, not able. See able, ible …

    Modern English usage

  • 6 irresponsible — [adj] careless, reckless capricious, carefree, devil may care*, feckless, fickle, flighty, fly by night*, giddy, harebrained, ill considered, immature, immoral, incautious, lax, loose*, no account*, rash, scatterbrained*, shiftless, thoughtless,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 irresponsible — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not showing a proper sense of responsibility. DERIVATIVES irresponsibility noun irresponsibly adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 irresponsible — ir|re|spon|si|ble [ˌırıˈspɔnsıbəl US ˈspa:n ] adj doing careless things without thinking or worrying about the possible bad results ≠ ↑responsible totally/highly/completely etc irresponsible ▪ When it comes to money, Dan is completely… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 irresponsible — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ become ▪ consider sb/sth ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 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

  • 11 irresponsible — [[t]ɪ̱rɪspɒ̱nsɪb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED: oft it v link ADJ to inf (disapproval) If you describe someone as irresponsible, you are criticizing them because they do things without properly considering their possible consequences. I felt that it was… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 irresponsible — I. adjective Date: 1648 not responsible: 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… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 irresponsible — irresponsibility, irresponsibleness, n. irresponsibly, adv. /ir i spon seuh beuhl/, adj. 1. said, done, or characterized by a lack of a sense of responsibility: His refusal to work shows him to be completely irresponsible. 2. not capable of or… …

    Universalium

  • 14 irresponsible — ir|re|spon|si|ble [ ,ırı spansəbl ] adjective 1. ) done or said without thinking of the possible results of your actions or words: irresponsible behavior/decisions It was irresponsible of the school to allow this to happen in the first place. 2.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 irresponsible — UK [ˌɪrɪˈspɒnsəb(ə)l] / US [ˌɪrɪˈspɑnsəb(ə)l] adjective 1) done or said without thinking of the possible results of your actions or words irresponsible behaviour/decisions It was irresponsible of you to leave her alone. 2) not sensible or able to …

    English dictionary

  • 16 irresponsible — /ɪrəˈspɒnsəbəl / (say iruh sponsuhbuhl) adjective 1. not responsible; not answerable or accountable: an irresponsible ruler. 2. not capable of responsibility; done without a sense of responsibility: mentally irresponsible. –noun 3. an… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 irresponsible — adjective doing careless things without thinking or worrying about the possible bad results: be (highly) irresponsible of sb to do sth: It was highly irresponsible of him to leave the children on their own in the pool. irresponsibly adverb… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 irresponsible — [ˌɪrɪˈspɒnsəb(ə)l] adj 1) done or said without thinking about the possible results It was irresponsible of you to leave her alone.[/ex] 2) not sensible, or not able to be trusted to be reasonable an irresponsible driver[/ex] irresponsibly adv …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 irresponsible — adjective such irresponsible behavior is unthinkable for a man your age Syn: reckless, rash, careless, thoughtless, foolhardy, foolish, impetuous, impulsive, devil may care, delinquent, derelict, negligent, hare brained; unreliable, undependable …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 irresponsible — ir•re•spon•si•ble [[t]ˌɪr ɪˈspɒn sə bəl[/t]] adj. 1) said, done, or characterized by a lack of a sense of responsibility 2) not capable of or qualified for responsibility 3) not responsible, answerable, or accountable to higher authority 4) an… …

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