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    'Footloose', used for 'life'?

    Hi there,

    Can we use the adjective 'footloose' for 'life'? Imagine one's got no discipline or morality in their life and prefers to do whatever they want not caring about how they're judged by others. How would you describe their life? (I'm looking for something negative suggesting they don't care about the ethical side of everyday life.)

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    Re: 'Footloose', used for 'life'?

    Should, by the way, 'fancy-free' be just used with 'footloose'?

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    Re: 'Footloose', used for 'life'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post

    Can we use the adjective 'footloose' for 'life'? Imagine one's got no discipline or morality in their life and prefers to do whatever they want not caring about how they're judged by others. How would you describe their life? (I'm looking for something negative suggesting they don't care about the ethical side of everyday life.)
    That's not footloose.

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    Re: 'Footloose', used for 'life'?

    You could consider decadent/dissolute/unprincipled.

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    Re: 'Footloose', used for 'life'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi there,

    Can we use the adjective 'footloose' for 'life'? Imagine one's got no discipline or morality in their life and prefers to do whatever they want not caring about how they're judged by others. How would you describe their life? (I'm looking for something negative suggesting they don't care about the ethical side of everyday life.)
    "Footloose" doesn't mean that a person has no discipline or morals. It means that a person is not tied down to any specific thing. For example, "He is footloose", could mean that he doesn't make payments on a house or a car. A footloose artist could be very strict in his art and be very moralistic. Words closer to what you describe, in relation to morality, are: immoral, unprincipled, nefarious, and miscreant. It is difficult to find a word which meets your specifications of a person lacking both discipline and morality. Some of the most infamous criminals and dictators have possessed quite a bit of discipline.

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    Re: 'Footloose', used for 'life'?

    Thanks for the replies. Just, two questions, please: Is there any informal word instead of 'decadent'? And, is 'footloose' a common word to use?

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