feckless


adjective

  1. ineffective; incompetent; futile: feckless attempts to repair the plumbing.
  2. having no sense of responsibility; indifferent; lazy.

adjective

  1. feeble; weak; ineffectual; irresponsible
adj.

1590s, from feck, “effect, value, vigor” (late 15c.), Scottish shortened form of effect, + -less. Popularized by Carlyle, who left its opposite, feckful, in dialectal obscurity. Related: Fecklessly; fecklessness.

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