What do you call a person who avoids their responsibilities by disregarding them and just continue doing other things?

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To shirk is to avoid or neglect a responsibility.

So, a person who shirks is a shirker.



Slacker might be a good choice: a person who shirks work or obligation; especially : one who evades military service in time of war (Merriam-Webster)


A procrastinator.

Procrastinate: to be slow or late about doing something that should be done : to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc. (Merriam-Webster)

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