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Definition of "irresponsible" []

  • Marked by a lack of responsibility: irresponsible accusations. (adjective)
  • Lacking a sense of responsibility; unreliable or untrustworthy. (adjective)
  • Law Not mentally or financially fit to assume responsibility. (adjective)
  • Not liable to be called to account by a higher authority. (adjective)
  • One who has no sense of responsibility. (noun)
  • Not showing or done with due care for the consequences of one's actions or attitudes; reckless (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Not capable of bearing responsibility (adjective)
  • Not answerable to a higher authority for one's actions (adjective)

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Use "irresponsible" in a sentence
  • ""What shadow of reason," he asks, "is there for doubting that such sales as are necessary and inevitable will be far more sagaciously managed by a Local Board, which the ratepayers elect _for this sole purpose_, than either by magistrates who are irresponsible and do not suffer sensibly from the public vice, or by an _irresponsible_ or _multitudinous_ Committee of Parliament?"
  • "Mr. Holder also lashed out at Republican critics for using what he called "irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric.""
  • "Community this week filed a motion to dismiss what it called an irresponsible lawsuit."