feckless


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feck·less

 (fĕk′lĭs)
adj.
1. Careless and irresponsible: "political prestidigitation designed to distract public attention from his feckless flouting of basic ethical principles" (Doug Ireland).
2. Feeble or ineffective: "Pickering's life was routinely threatened, and one feckless attempt had already been made to kidnap or kill him" (Garry Wills).

[Scots feck, effect (alteration of effect) + -less.]

feck′less·ly adv.
feck′less·ness n.

feckless

(ˈfɛklɪs)
adj
feeble; weak; ineffectual; irresponsible
[C16: from obsolete feck value, effect + -less]
ˈfecklessly adv
ˈfecklessness n

feck•less

(ˈfɛk lɪs)

adj.
1. ineffective; incompetent; futile.
2. having no sense of responsibility; indifferent; lazy.
[1590–1600; orig. Scots, form of effect]
feck′less•ly, adv.
feck′less•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.feckless - not fit to assume responsibility
irresponsible - showing lack of care for consequences; "behaved like an irresponsible idiot"; "hasty and irresponsible action"
2.feckless - generally incompetent and ineffectual; "feckless attempts to repair the plumbing"; "inept handling of the account"
incompetent - not qualified or suited for a purpose; "an incompetent secret service"; "the filming was hopeless incompetent"

feckless

adjective irresponsible, useless, hopeless, incompetent, feeble, worthless, futile, ineffectual, aimless, good-for-nothing, shiftless, weak The young man was feckless and irresponsible.

feckless

adjective
Translations
hjælpeløsinitiativløsuduelig

feckless

[ˈfeklɪs] ADJ (= weak) → débil, incapaz; (= irresponsible) → irresponsable

feckless

[ˈfɛkləs] adj (= incompetent) → incapable

feckless

adjnutzlos

feckless

[ˈfɛklɪs] adjirresponsabile, incosciente
References in classic literature ?
I made a drink-offering to all the dead, first with honey and milk, then with wine, and thirdly with water, and I sprinkled white barley meal over the whole, praying earnestly to the poor feckless ghosts, and promising them that when I got back to Ithaca I would sacrifice a barren heifer for them, the best I had, and would load the pyre with good things.
Perhaps this lad's mother also was a feckless old woman, and devoid of character?
If ye miss that, ye must be as feckless at the sailoring as I have found ye at the fighting.
And there are others, like the pair at the markets, who have a dierent attitude - feckless, lazy, unwilling to shoulder the burdens that the rest of society take for granted and instead are wanting something for nothing.
I AGREE with reader John M that the benefits system stinks and that feckless women and other people are paid large amounts of money to breed children and are then "feather-bedded" by the benefits system.
Tenants are not feckless RICHARD Huddleston is welcome to his views when he denies manmade climate change and therefore opposes the Green Party's 2,000 house solar programme.
She froths on that I've reacted "as if he were a feckless, deadbeat dad off Benefits Street".
FECKLESS fathers should be put in chains and made to work to pay back society the costs of bringing up their children, a Welsh Conservative MP said yesterday.
But 95 per cent of it is paid, surprise, surprise not to the feckless scroungers, but to the working poor.
These Feckless Five voted to approve a deal which did not include a budget.
Streep is on fine form here, playing a divorced cafe owner who, during a drunken evening, falls into bed with her ex-husband, a feckless lawyer who's now married to another woman.
It is a cruel world today for many children, from feckless parents to incompetent politicians.