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irresponsible

ir·re·spon·si·ble

irresponsible

pronunciation:
I r span sih bl
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having or showing a lack of responsibility.
He made some bad decisions when he was young and irresponsible.She was an irresponsible employee who often failed to show up for work.Not registering the children for school was irresponsible of the parents.
synonyms:
derelict, negligent, remiss, undependable, unreliable
antonyms:
responsible
similar words:
careless, erratic, flighty, foolish, hit-or-miss, lawless, unpredictable, unstable, untrustworthy
definition 2: unable or unqualified to take responsibility.
His illness has left him irresponsible, and his daughter takes care of his affairs.
synonyms:
incompetent, unaccountable
antonyms:
responsible
similar words:
inculpable, unqualified, vagabond
definition 3: not responsible to a higher authority.
synonyms:
autonomous, independent, unaccountable
antonyms:
responsible
derivations: irresponsibly (adv.), irresponsibility (n.)
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The word irresponsible contains the following part:
ir-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix ir-2 occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-2 used before base words that begin with 'r.' See in-2