Definition of wasteful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈweɪstfʊl/
Pronunciation: /ˈweɪstf(ə)l/


(Of a person, action, or process) using or expending something of value carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose: wasteful energy consumption
More example sentences
  • It's a very wasteful process, almost entirely due to the fine mesh of the nets.
  • This is a wasteful process causing a net loss of nitrogen to the animal and pollution of the environment.
  • We are finding that they are disappearing fast because of careless, wasteful use of outdoor light.
prodigal, profligate, uneconomical, extravagant, lavish, excessive, careless, imprudent, improvident, reckless;
needless, useless, not needed, squandered



Pronunciation: /ˈweɪstfʊli/ Pronunciation: /ˈweɪstf(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • And the issue is this - do you spend the money wastefully from the centre or effectively through local people?
  • If this doesn't work, it means that, unfortunately and terribly wastefully, a lot of wonderful projects may have to close while the fund remains in a frozen state.
  • And then there are the wealthy nations who not only use their natural endowment of water more wastefully but consume water invisibly in industrial production.


Pronunciation: /ˈweɪstfʊlnəs/
Pronunciation: /ˈweɪstf(ə)lnəs/
Example sentences
  • Councillors must ensure that the same old incompetence wastefulness and inefficiencies are not allowed to continue.
  • It is this wastefulness, or lack of ruthlessness that will cost England matches.
  • Bodybuilding is an endeavor that requires time and energy, and that means less time to succumb to the wastefulness of hours of mindless video games or television, as well as vices such as drinking and drug use.

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