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(of a person, attitude, or action) not showing a proper sense of responsibility:[with infinitive] ‘it would have been irresponsible just to drive on’
immature, naive, foolish, hare-brained, feather-brainedreckless, 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, insouciantView synonyms
- ‘What is being negated, in a totally irresponsible manner, is the uniqueness of the atomic bomb.’
- ‘By contrast, socially irresponsible companies will gradually be abandoned and lose orders as well.’
- ‘But I do believe it was a little irresponsible on our part.’
- ‘Card firms should stop sending unsolicited credit-card cheques to cardholders, which MPs regard as wholly irresponsible lending.’
- ‘The intention of the opposition parties to boycott the poll is irresponsible in the extreme.’
- ‘But what the BJP is doing now is totally irresponsible behaviour.’
- ‘Call him irresponsible if you want, but Charlie Ford is going to ride around.’
- ‘I think they are evading their responsibility in a grossly irresponsible way.’
- ‘And additional spending of that nature is seen to be fiscally irresponsible.’
- ‘Perhaps they could be put to work decorating old buildings reclaimed from irresponsible owners.’
- ‘Of course they can be dangerous if used by criminals or the criminally irresponsible.’
- ‘"The judge called us highly irresponsible and if I was in his position I would have done the same.’
- ‘Again, it must be associated with abnormally aggressive or seriously irresponsible conduct.’
- ‘Professor Coates's critics have called him irresponsible for declaring his personal decision.’
- ‘The letters and calls that hit the paper complained of irresponsible journalism.’
- ‘"That's an instance of irresponsible behaviour by the management of a pub.’
- ‘To have conducted the investigation in any other manner would have been grossly irresponsible.’
- ‘I consider this crop circle story an example of very irresponsible reporting.’
- ‘But since this was such a high profile case, the judge did not want to seem irresponsible.’
- ‘We are appalled at the irresponsible attitude you have displayed in condoning such anti-social behaviour.’
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