- 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 ineffectively
The double standard of sexualization is hypocritical at best and ineffectively vindictive at worse.Full Frontal Disney: Feminism's Nudity Double Standard
August 20, 2014
The intrigue is wearisome: its involutions are ineffectively puzzling.The Comedies of William Congreve
He answered dismally and ineffectively: "We'll have to go on pretending to be—just friends."Excuse Me!
I wanted to tell it, howsoever poorly and ineffectively it was done.The White People
Frances Hodgson Burnett
He hurried after the boy and caught him fiercely if ineffectively by the arm.The Wishing Moon
Louise Elizabeth Dutton
Here have I been ineffectively trying to waken the fellow for the past hour.Mr. Prohack
E. Arnold Bennett
- having no effect
- incompetent or inefficient
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Word Origin and History for ineffectively
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