ineffective

[in-i-fek-tiv]

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. ineducable,
  2. ineducation,
  3. ineffability,
  4. ineffable,
  5. ineffaceable,
  6. ineffectual,
  7. inefficacious,
  8. inefficacy,
  9. inefficiency,
  10. inefficient

Origin of ineffective

First recorded in 1645–55; in-3 + effective

Related formsin·ef·fec·tive·ly, adverbin·ef·fec·tive·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for in-effective

ineffective

adjective

having no effect
incompetent or inefficient
Derived Formsineffectively, adverbineffectiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for in-effective

ineffective

adj.

1650s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + effective. Related: Ineffectively; ineffectiveness.

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