- given to or characterized by useless consumption or expenditure: wasteful methods; a wasteful way of life.
- grossly extravagant; prodigal: a wasteful party.
- devastating or destructive: wasteful war.
Origin of wasteful
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Examples from the Web for wastefulness
Speaking of the TSA leads directly into a final way of minimizing the excesses and wastefulness of a national surveillance state.Four Principles for a Libertarian National Security State
September 14, 2013
Yet the mesmerizing fact in US fiscal policy is not the cost of defense, but the wastefulness of US health spending.David's Book Club: The Age of Austerity
February 21, 2012
Wastefulness, profligacy, or favoritism in public expenditures is criminal.
Great was the outcry at this wastefulness, on the part of some of the tax payers.Cleveland Past and Present
Ellen stopped him again by laughing at his wastefulness; and so they came to the wood.The Wide, Wide World
Its use avoids the wastefulness of the trial-and-error method.Sound Military Decision
U.s. Naval War College
It shows itself in many habits of recklessness, wastefulness, and untidiness.The Silent Readers
William D. Lewis
- tending to waste or squander; extravagant
- causing waste, destruction, or devastation
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Word Origin and History for wastefulness
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