American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.
- adj. Careless and irresponsible.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Spiritless; weak; useless; worthless.
- adj. Lacking purpose.
- adj. Without skill, ineffective, incompetent.
- adj. UK Lacking the courage to act in any meaningful way.
- adj. UK, archaic Lacking vitality.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Scot Spiritless; weak; worthless.
- adj. generally incompetent and ineffectual
- adj. not fit to assume responsibility
- From Scots, feck ("effect"), aphetic form of effect, + -less. (Wiktionary)
- Scots feck, effect (alteration of effect) + -less. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As for when to call it feckless, I don't look past the first box of ammo.”
“He uses the word feckless in the snippet being played!”
“Honest Mop’s report crimes but we are hamstrung by the less well intended who make false reports to upgrade their mobile phones, cant sort out their lives/family problems themselves and overindulge in feckless drink and drug binges, seek crime numbers for ’stolen’ DSS payments or ‘criminally damaged’ windows that they broke themsleves.”
“KELEMEN: What McCain called a feckless agreement, the Turks see as a starting point for a diplomatic way out of the dispute over Iran's suspect nuclear program.”
“The youth of all lands are idle and feckless, which is why twelve-of-the-best, administered with a cane, whip or Prozac is a part of all cultures, from eastest-East to westest-West.”
“AMERICAN POLICY INthe Balkans through the first half of the 1990s can only be described as feckless.”
“Ellen Tauscher, a former Democratic congresswoman from the San Francisco Bay Area (in other words, a feckless "liberal" who spent her career paying lip-service to the antiwar sentiments of her constituents -- and then voting in favor of every blood-soaked imperialist adventure undertaken by the Bush regime) rejected international monitoring of military and pharmaceutical sites that might employ research for illicit purposes, e.g., the fabrication of banned biological weapons.”
“Because he's "feckless" by comparison to the "more formidable" Chuck Schumer, who would likely have been Reid's successor.”
“I don't own any "feckless" rifles, interesting term, but i am very willing to give Dave $150. oo for the previously mentioned hunk of junk that shoots better than 2 MOA.”
“Mr. Bernanke's former Princeton University colleague, Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, has become the loudest critic of Mr. Bernanke's inaction, calling the Fed "feckless" (lacking in vitality, unthinking, irresponsible) in his New York Times column.”
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