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    Question one word for many

    i'd want to know wat we call "a person who never keeps his promises".. i tried searching it out over the net, but couldn't find it anywhere..!

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    Re: one word for many

    a ne'er-do-well (probably too nice still)?
    a good-for-nothing

    sry,I do realize now you were asking for ONE word.
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    Re: one word for many

    Quote Originally Posted by funkychi View Post
    i'd want to know wat we call "a person who never keeps his promises".. i tried searching it out over the net, but couldn't find it anywhere..!
    You can call that person a promise breaker. Actually you can find some references to promise-breaker on the net, but I don't think that the one-word hyphenated form is widely accepted.

    You can call such a person unreliable, but of course the meaning is not a specific as promise breaker is.

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    Re: one word for many

    Or in older literary texts you can have 'an oath breaker'.


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    Exclamation Re: one word for many

    untrustworthy.Infact ,untrustworthiness may be the single longest word in the dictionary.Some one may correct me.


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    Re: one word for many

    Quote Originally Posted by funkychi View Post
    i'd want to know wat we call "a person who never keeps his promises".. i tried searching it out over the net, but couldn't find it anywhere..!
    I would call the person:
    - selfish [BEST ANSWER, strong]
    - self-seeking
    - self-oriented [weak]

    My Reasoning:
    A "Promise", in the sense of a verb, is something of which we agree to do. "Do" is an action, a type of behavior, or something we accomplish. If I promise you I will do something for you, with you, etc., then I am acting upon our agreement to fulfill and accomplish the said promise. If I choose NOT to do what we agreed upon, then I am doing what I want to do, not what I promised you I would do. Therefore, I am acting on my WILL, not the will of the promised agreement/arrangement.

    In a sense, a promise is also a verbal agreement/contract. In this way, another word describing a person who doers not keep a promise would be:
    - irresponsible

    Good Luck!

    -Ashley

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