Inefficient

  • 1 Inefficient — In ef*fi cient, a. 1. Not efficient; not producing the effect intended or desired, or achieiving the effect by unnnecessary and excessive expenditure of resources; inefficacious; as, inefficient means or measures; inefficient methods are too… …

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  • 2 inefficient — in‧ef‧fi‧cient [ˌɪnˈfɪʆnt◂] adjective producing goods or working in a way that uses more time, money etc than necessary: • the assumption that the public sector is wasteful, inefficient and unproductive inefficiently adverb inefficiency noun… …

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  • 3 inefficient — ⇒INEFFICIENT, ENTE, adj. Rare. Qui ne produit pas réellement un effet; dont l action n aboutit à aucun résultat. Anton. efficient. L étude très intelligente, mais un peu flasque et inefficiente de René Berthelot (GIDE, Journal, 1929, p. 906). L… …

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  • 4 inefficient — index inadept, incompetent, inept (incompetent), otiose, unable, unavailing, unproductive, unqualified …

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  • 5 inefficient — (adj.) 1750, not producing the desired effect, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + EFFICIENT (Cf. efficient). Related: Inefficiency (1749); inefficiently …

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  • 6 inefficient — ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious Analogous words: incompetent, unqualified, incapable: infirm, decrepit, feeble, *weak: indolent, slothful, faineant, *lazy: remiss, lax, slack, *negligent, neglectful Antonyms: efficient Contrasted words:… …

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  • 7 inefficient — [adj] not working well; wasteful can’t hack it*, careless, disorganized, extravagant, faulty, feeble, half baked*, improficient, improvident, incapable, incompetent, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, inept, inexpert, not cut out for*,… …

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  • 8 inefficient — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not achieving maximum productivity; failing to make the best use of time or resources. DERIVATIVES inefficiency noun inefficiently adverb …

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  • 9 inefficient — [in΄e fish′ənt, in΄i fish′ənt] adj. not efficient; specif., a) not producing the desired effect with a minimum use of energy, time, etc.; ineffective b) lacking the necessary ability; unskilled; incapable inefficiency n. inefficiently adv …

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  • 10 inefficient — adjective a) Not efficient; not producing the effect intended or desired; inefficacious; as, inefficient means or measures. Celery is an inefficient food. b) Incapable of, or indisposed to, effective action …

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  • 11 inefficient — 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 noun • inefficiently …

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  • 12 inefficient — [[t]ɪ̱nɪfɪ̱ʃ(ə)nt[/t]] ADJ GRADED Inefficient people, organizations, systems, or machines do not use time, energy, or other resources in the best way. Their communication systems are inefficient in the extreme. ...the closure of outdated and… …

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  • 13 inefficient — adjective a worker, organization, or system that is inefficient does not work well and wastes time, money, or energy: an inefficient heating system | Local government was inefficient and corrupt. inefficiently adverb inefficiency noun (C, U): the …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 inefficient — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ become ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc …

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  • 15 inefficient — in|ef|fi|cient [ˌınıˈfıʃənt] adj not using time, money, energy etc in the best way ≠ ↑efficient ▪ an inefficient use of resources ▪ Local government was inefficient. >inefficiently adv >inefficiency n [U and C] ▪ problems due to the… …

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  • 16 inefficient — in|ef|fi|cient [ ,ını fıʃnt ] adjective not working in the best possible way, especially by not using time, supplies, energy, etc. in the most effective way: The administration was inefficient and corrupt. The tunnel has an inefficient… …

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  • 17 inefficient — adjective 1) an inefficient worker Syn: ineffective, ineffectual, unproductive, incompetent, inept, incapable, unfit, unskillful, inexpert, amateurish, unprofessional; disorganized, unprepared; negligent, lax, sloppy, slack …

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  • 18 inefficient — adjective 1) an inefficient worker Syn: ineffective, ineffectual, incompetent, inept, disorganized, unprepared 2) inefficient processes Syn: uneconomical, wasteful, unproductive, time wasting …

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  • 19 inefficient — UK [ˌɪnɪˈfɪʃ(ə)nt] / US adjective not working in the best possible way, especially by not using time, supplies, energy etc in the most effective way The administration was inefficient and corrupt. The tunnel has an inefficient ventilation system …

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  • 20 inefficient — [ˌɪnɪˈfɪʃ(ə)nt] adj people or methods that are inefficient do not work well because they waste time, energy, materials, or money inefficiency [ˌɪnɪˈfɪʃ(ə)nsi] noun [C/U] inefficiently adv …

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