I'm trying to think of a word that suggests a person who takes no personal accountability in their actions or always tries to shift blame on to some factor supposedly outside of their control.
Is there such a word?
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The first word that springs to mind is feckless, particularly the second meaning...
having no sense of responsibility; indifferent; lazy.
It baffles me that none of the other answers mentioned the simple irresponsible.
The behavior you describe is sometimes described as "passive-aggressive".
"It doesn't hurt me," Auriemma said about the series ending. "Some people, that's just their style, they're passive-aggressive. Always wanting someone else to blame for what's going on." Apr 23, 2008 - USA Today - Geno Auriemma
(thank you, Gooogle)
- Impossible to account for; inexplicable: unaccountable absences.
- Free from accountability; not responsible: an executive unaccountable to anyone but the president.