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ineffective Line breaks: in|ef¦fect|ive
Pronunciation: /ɪnɪˈfɛktɪv/

Definition of ineffective in English:


Not producing any significant or desired effect: the legal sanctions against oil spills are virtually ineffective a weak and ineffective president
More example sentences
  • Universities, the most ineffective professional lobby in Britain, simply took this on the chin.
  • To be sure, this mission has been woefully ineffective from the start.
  • As a sales patter, it was hopelessly ineffective, probably scaring off any potential purchasers.
unsuccessful, non-successful, unproductive, fruitless, profitless, unprofitable, abortive, failed, futile, purposeless, worthless, useless, ineffectual, inefficient, inefficacious, inadequate, vain, unavailing, to no effect;
idle, feeble, weak, inept, lame
archaic bootless
rare unfructuous, inutile
ineffectual, inefficient, inefficacious, unsuccessful, powerless, impotent, inadequate, incompetent, incapable, unfit, inept, lame, feeble, weak, poor
informal useless, hopeless



Pronunciation: /ɪnɪˈfɛktɪvli/
Example sentences
  • He said: ‘Decommissioning is a vital tool, but the Government has used it ineffectively.’
  • But while the root of the problem is being tackled so ineffectively, can we not balance the argument so that on the way, we all don't get carried away?
  • Still, it'll give them what they love doing most - moaning on in the background ineffectively.


Pronunciation: /ɪnɪˈfɛktɪvnəs/
Example sentences
  • South Asian elected representatives have also been repeatedly criticised for their ineffectiveness even by their own communities.
  • However, the ineffectiveness of more coercive measures in Britain has not led to any questioning of the policy, but simply to calls for more of the same.
  • Inevitably when paid professionals take the unpopular decisions, the ineffectiveness of the politician becomes apparent.

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