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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Shift·less, a. Destitute of expedients, or not using successful expedients; characterized by failure, especially by failure to provide for one's own support, through negligence or incapacity; hence, lazy; improvident; thriftless; as, a shiftless fellow; shiftless management. -- Shift*less*ly, adv. -- Shift*less*ness, n.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 shiftlessness
      n : a failure to be active as a consequence of lack of
          initiative or ambition