- 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 inefficiently
But there seems little doubt that the registers were inefficiently kept.The History of London
Better leave no will at all than one inefficiently constructed.Around The Tea-Table
T. De Witt Talmage
My only regret is that, as my guest, you should be inefficiently served.The Swindler and Other Stories
Ethel M. Dell
Justice must not fail because the agencies of enforcement are either delinquent or inefficiently organized.
Europeans would not do the work; the blacks would not, unless paid, and even then inefficiently.The Pools of Silence
H. de Vere Stacpoole
- 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 inefficiently
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