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Sep 8, 2016
This week’s theme
Misc. words

This week’s words
flagrant
mendacious
venal
feckless
veritable

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feckless

PRONUNCIATION:
(FEK-les)

MEANING:
adjective: Weak; ineffective; incompetent; irresponsible.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Scots feck, from effeck, a variant of effect, from Latin efficere (to accomplish), from ef-, a variant of ex- (thoroughly) + facere (to make). Earliest documented use: 1586.

USAGE:
“UK university managers are neither venal nor mendacious, today’s students are no lazier or more feckless than we were, and the vast majority of graduates still find employment suitable to their studies.”
Steven Schwartz; V-Cs, Get Set to Do the Maths; The Times Higher Education Supplement (London, UK); Dec 20, 2012.

See more usage examples of feckless in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If more politicians in this country were thinking about the next generation instead of the next election, it might be better for the United States and the world. -Claude Pepper, senator and representative (8 Sep 1900-1989)

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