V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: describes people who lack purpose, intelligence, or organization and are unlikely to be successful--lazy, irresponsible, and unproductive

Synonyms: weak, feeble, powerless, aimless, irresponsible, ineffective, lazy, indifferent, unproductive

Antonyms: competent, effective, purposeful, efficient, useful, fecund

Tips: Feckless is derived from the obsolete feck, “value, efficacy.” If you are feckless, you have "less value, efficacy, and worth." A feckless person is unlikely to be successful, whether due to irresponsible behavior or just plain lack of drive and gumption.

Usage Examples:

It was very frustrating to have hired several feckless employees. (ineffective, unproductive)

He was feckless since childhood, so I didn't have high hopes of him going to college. (aimless, lazy)

I remember him being a feckless sloth in high school, so I was surprised to hear he had become successful. (lazy, irresponsible)

I don't think he has ADD; I just think he's feckless and doesn't care about being successful. (lazy, unproductive)

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