not efficient; unable to effect or achieve the desired result with reasonable economy of means.
lacking in ability, incompetent.
- in·ef·fi·cient·ly, adverb
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How to use inefficient in a sentence
Execs also believe that speed as well as fewer in-person meetings will remain as flying across the country when you know you can get something done over Zoom may be seen as inefficient and unnecessarily expensive now.‘We have the capability’: How the coronavirus crisis has accelerated advertising’s shift to agility | Kristina Monllos | September 7, 2020 | Digiday
The IEA notes that the best technology available is more than twice as efficient as the average of what’s actually in use around the world, and three times better than the most inefficient products on the market.Air conditioning technology is the great missed opportunity in the fight against climate change | James Temple | September 1, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Up until this capture, we’d placed our noose carpets along the riverbank in areas we hoped the owls would land, which was inefficient.The quest to snare—and save—the world’s largest owl | Jonathan Slaght | August 28, 2020 | Popular-Science
It is economically inefficient to preserve jobs in companies that are unlikely to survive the structural changes of the fourth industrial revolution.‘We will do this together’: Germany will continue subsidizing workers’ wages through the end of 2021 | David Meyer | August 26, 2020 | Fortune
In fact, in some ways, Xi Jinping himself was picked because of the party’s fear that, in the period after SARS, it was losing control of parts of society because it was seen as corrupt, as inefficient, as incompetent.Will Covid-19 Spark a Cold War (or Worse) With China? (Ep. 414) | Stephen J. Dubner | April 23, 2020 | Freakonomics
In response to hearing her story, Uber apologized for the "inefficient route" and partially refunded her fare.
Woman claims Uber driver kidnapped her, Uber claims "inefficient route."
This welfare spending discourages work, increases taxes, and operates as a hidden and inefficient subsidy to low-wage businesses.To Make Their Victory Durable, the GOP Must Fix the Minimum Wage | Dmitri Mehlhorn | November 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bureaucracies are inefficient and dishonest—maybe not intentionally . . . but because there are too many moving parts.Mike Leach Tackles Geronimo the Motivational Murderer | James A. Warren | August 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The disappearance of one flight and shooting down of another has pushed the inefficient carrier to the brink of collapse.
The use of grout is, therefore, a sign of inefficient workmanship, and should not be countenanced in good work.
They continued to be of some service to the community in the inefficient condition of the public police.The Influence and Development of English Gilds | Francis Aiden Hibbert
The last governor was kind, but inefficient, and some months ago was sent to the West Indies, where he is officially buried.In Africa | John T. McCutcheon
Was our devotion paid to the wretched, inefficient, clumsy contrivance, which this new doctrine would make it?Key-Notes of American Liberty | Various
Napoleon's Council of State, touched with tenderness towards erring women, was quite inefficient.Honorine | Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for inefficient
unable to perform a task or function to the best advantage; wasteful or incompetent
unable to produce the desired result
- inefficiency, noun
- inefficiently, adverb
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