- not efficient; unable to effect or achieve the desired result with reasonable economy of means.
- lacking in ability, incompetent.
Origin of inefficient
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2. See incapable.
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Examples from the Web for inefficient
In response to hearing her story, Uber apologized for the "inefficient route" and partially refunded her fare.
Woman claims Uber driver kidnapped her, Uber claims "inefficient route."
This welfare spending discourages work, increases taxes, and operates as a hidden and inefficient subsidy to low-wage businesses.To Make Their Victory Durable, the GOP Must Fix the Minimum Wage
November 6, 2014
Bureaucracies are inefficient and dishonest—maybe not intentionally . . . but because there are too many moving parts.Mike Leach Tackles Geronimo the Motivational Murderer
James A. Warren
August 17, 2014
The disappearance of one flight and shooting down of another has pushed the inefficient carrier to the brink of collapse.Malaysia Airlines Is Going Down
August 1, 2014
As a result there was inefficient farming and a low standard of living.The Farmer and His Community
The organization of the railway system was most inefficient.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
His attack, if inefficient for want of numbers, was critical in point of time.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
He did not know what to do; and being weak and inefficient, did nothing.Winning His Way
Charles Carleton Coffin
If a large organization does not hand over authority it is inefficient.The Ghost in the White House
Gerald Stanley Lee
- unable to perform a task or function to the best advantage; wasteful or incompetent
- unable to produce the desired result
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Word Origin and History for inefficient
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