- not effective; not producing results; ineffectual: ineffective efforts; ineffective remedies.
- inefficient or incompetent; incapable: an ineffective manager.
- lacking in artistic effect, as a literary work, theatrical production, or painting.
Origin of ineffective
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Examples from the Web for ineffective
As a Washington attorney, he took on companies that seemed immune to change, even when they were ineffective.Your Local School Doesn’t Have to Suck
Michael S. Roth
December 17, 2014
And eight months on, anger lingers over the ineffective attempts to rescue the missing schoolgirls.The New Face of Boko Haram’s Terror: Teen Girls
December 13, 2014
Policy is an ineffective tool to address the cultural problem of privileging access over ownership.How Young People Are Destroying Liberty
October 11, 2014
The problem for Hamas is that its digital campaign is as ineffective as its rocketry.Israel, Hamas, WhatsApp and Hacked Phones in the Gaza Psy-War
July 26, 2014
Inflated figures lead to ineffective policies and breed panic and over-reach.Is the Campus Rape Crisis Overblown?
July 10, 2014
The enemy, surprised, opened an irregular and ineffective fire.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
The presence of your ship in the field distorted it so much that it was ineffective.In the Orbit of Saturn
Roman Frederick Starzl
He ceased the ineffective fire of his men and brought them together.The Twins of Suffering Creek
The air was very still, there was no breeze, but the match was ineffective.The Paliser case
Against his ineffective reluctance she put on his coat and hat.
- having no effect
- incompetent or inefficient
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Word Origin and History for ineffective
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