Definition of inefficient in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌinəˈfiSH(ə)nt/


Not achieving maximum productivity; wasting or failing to make the best use of time or resources: an old, inefficient factory the government was both inefficient and corrupt
More example sentences
  • This he ascribed to two trends: declining productivity growth and the inefficient use of labour.
  • Indeed, it would be inefficient to waste time perfecting the literary value.
  • A fall in asset turnover is normally associated with an inefficient use of resources within a business.
ineffective, ineffectual, unproductive, incompetent, inept, incapable, unfit, unskillful, inexpert, amateurish, unprofessional;
disorganized, unprepared;
negligent, lax, sloppy, slack, careless
informal lousy, useless, good-for-nothing
uneconomical, wasteful, unproductive, time-wasting, slow;
deficient, disorganized, unsystematic



Pronunciation: /ˈˌinəˈfiSHəntlē/ /ˈˌinēˈfiSHəntlē/
Example sentences
  • Insulin resistance, a condition in which the body handles glucose poorly because cells respond inefficiently to insulin, is a precursor to type II diabetes.
  • A man who exercises his faculties but does so inefficiently or badly cannot be said to be making a success of his life.
  • She said: ‘It is appalling that public money is being used so inefficiently.’

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Syllabification: in·ef·fi·cient

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