Definition of irresponsible in English:


Line breaks: ir|re¦spon|sible
Pronunciation: /ɪrɪˈspɒnsɪb(ə)l


(Of a person, attitude, or action) not showing a proper sense of responsibility: [with infinitive]: it would have been irresponsible just to drive on
More example sentences
  • We are appalled at the irresponsible attitude you have displayed in condoning such anti-social behaviour.
  • I think they are evading their responsibility in a grossly irresponsible way.
  • And additional spending of that nature is seen to be fiscally irresponsible.
reckless, rash, careless, thoughtless, incautious, unwise, imprudent, ill-advised, ill-considered, injudicious, misguided, heedless, unheeding, inattentive, hasty, overhasty, precipitate, precipitous, wild, foolhardy, impetuous, impulsive, daredevil, devil-may-care, hot-headed, negligent, delinquent, neglectful, remiss, careless of one's duty, lax, slack, uncaring, casual, insouciant; North Americanderelict
rare disregardful, inadvertent, oscitant
immature, naive, foolish, hare-brained, feather-brained; carefree, blasé; unreliable, undependable, untrustworthy, flighty, giddy, scatterbrained, erratic; Britishtearaway
informal harum-scarum, slap-happy



Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
More example sentences
  • Without them, Bradford would disappear under an ocean of litter thanks to the thoughtlessness and irresponsibility of others.
  • But we're not here to talk about reckless paranoia and fiscal irresponsibility.
  • So I have vowed to become less tolerant of stupidity and irresponsibility than I have been.


More example sentences
  • But what if the people, collectively, behave as irresponsibly as their elected officials are sometimes wont to do?
  • Unlike the greedy profiteers and corporate chieftains who actually made money on those stocks, we were not acting irresponsibly.
  • He acted irresponsibly, and way over the top for that sort of situation.

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