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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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Noun1.fecklessness - worthlessness due to being feeble and ineffectual
worthlessness, ineptitude - having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful; "the drill sergeant's intent was to convince all the recruits of their worthlessness"
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Yet today the ANC stands accused of both fecklessness and moral decay, and it suffered unprecedented losses to the opposition Democratic Alliance in urban areas in local elections in 2016.
The sad are people unthinkable in our right now their This grinding poverty, which is hidden from view, isn't caused by fecklessness, but by a change in circumstances which can happen to anyone.
New depths to Jimmy Carter's fecklessness have emerged through the declassification of State Department cables relating to the fall of the Shah of Iran.
He was caught in flagrante committing a supreme act of fecklessness.
Throw in the chronic irresponsibility of deficit spending, George Bush's broken 'no new taxes' promise, and Bil Clinton's general fecklessness, and distrust of politicians finally appears to have reached a healthy level.
The parlous state of the Afghan National Army and the sheer fecklessness of government was highlighted by last weekend's desperate plea by Helmand's deputy governor Mohammad Jan Rasulyar for supplies and reinforcements for the troops holding Sangin.
Any other course of action is feckless - and it is no duty of the Welfare State, or its toiling taxpayers, to fund such fecklessness.
political leaders made two different kinds of strategic mistakes in the aftermath of the Cold War, one resulting from fecklessness, the other from recklessness.
Many people in the country are now thinking that the central bank failed to lock steps with the government out of ignorance, fecklessness or malevolence.
WE SAY RANT, with justification perhaps, about the fecklessness that leads to girls of 13 getting pregnant.
In Aachen, the initial reaction to cholera was to improve conditions, but the cost and the assumed fecklessness of the poor quickly led to the reversal of that policy.
Only a couple of weeks ago I wrote about the fecklessness of so many men: among other symptoms I talked about small-man (or Napoleon) syndrome, that condition where males who lack physical stature are driven to become overbearing, driven, aggressive, even megalomaniacal.