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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.
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Adv.1.fecklessly - with ineptitude; in an incompetent manner; "he performed his functions ineptly"
2.fecklessly - in a feckless manner; irresponsibly and incompetently
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Perhaps the ECB, who have messed him about so fecklessly in recent months, had nally knocked the rhythm out of him.
Perhaps the ECB, who have messed him about so fecklessly in recent months, had finally knocked the rhythm out of him.