adjective Date: 1750 not efficient: as a. not producing the effect intended or desired b. wasteful of time or energy <
inefficient operating procedures
c. incapable, incompetent <
an inefficient worker
inefficient nouninefficiently adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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