- 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.
Origin of ineffective
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Related Wordsinadequacy, infirmity, impotence, powerlessness, helplessness, uselessness, feebleness, weakness, inefficacy, incapability
Examples from the Web for ineffectiveness
But inefficiency and ineffectiveness are not its only evils.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Conservatives in this country will undoubtedly pile on the United Nations for its ineffectiveness.Syrian Crisis Won’t Be Resolved With the Tactics Used in Libya
August 4, 2012
Now, at last, he had no cunning, and he was hazily conscious of his ineffectiveness.The Watchers of the Plains
In the diagram, Fig. 108, the ineffectiveness of the thrust is shown at those points.Motors
James Slough Zerbe
The result of half-knowledge is always flabbiness and ineffectiveness.Expository Writing
Mervin James Curl
To the want of balance was chiefly due the ineffectiveness of these hints.The Bright Messenger
The worst feature of the experiment was its ineffectiveness.Jefferson and his Colleagues
- having no effect
- incompetent or inefficient
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Word Origin and History for ineffectiveness
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