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ineffective

[ in-i-fek-tiv ]
/ ˌɪn ɪˈfɛk tɪv /
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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.
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Origin of ineffective

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

OTHER WORDS FROM ineffective

in·ef·fec·tive·ly, adverbin·ef·fec·tive·ness, noun
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How to use ineffective in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ineffective

ineffective
/ (ˌɪnɪˈfɛktɪv) /

adjective
having no effect
incompetent or inefficient

Derived forms of ineffective

ineffectively, adverbineffectiveness, noun
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