irresponsible

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Etymology[edit]

From ir- +‎ responsible.

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irresponsible (comparative more irresponsible, superlative most irresponsible)

  1. (now rare) Not responsible; exempt from legal responsibility, not to be held accountable.
    • 1790, Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France, Oxford 2009, p. 28:
      They left the crown what, in the eye and estimation of law, it had ever been, perfectly irresponsible.
  2. Lacking a sense of responsibility; performed or acting as though without responsibility; negligent.
    • 2020 August 12, Ye Ling, “Popular Children’s Books Purged as ‘Inappropriate’”, in Bitter Winter[1]:
      An Wulin, a critic and children’s literature writer, believes that it’s irresponsible to dismiss a book based on one or two details.

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Noun[edit]

irresponsible (plural irresponsibles)

  1. Someone who is not responsible.

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