inefficient

[ in-i-fish-uh nt ]
/ ˌɪn ɪˈfɪʃ ənt /

adjective

not efficient; unable to effect or achieve the desired result with reasonable economy of means.
lacking in ability, incompetent.

Nearby words

  1. ineffective,
  2. ineffectual,
  3. inefficacious,
  4. inefficacy,
  5. inefficiency,
  6. inegalitarian,
  7. inelastic,
  8. inelastic collision,
  9. inelastic demand,
  10. inelastic scattering

Origin of inefficient

First recorded in 1740–50; in-3 + efficient

Related formsin·ef·fi·cient·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for inefficient

inefficient

/ (ˌɪnɪˈfɪʃənt) /

adjective

unable to perform a task or function to the best advantage; wasteful or incompetent
unable to produce the desired result
Derived Formsinefficiency, nouninefficiently, adverb

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Word Origin and History for inefficient

inefficient

adj.

1750, "not producing the desired effect," from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + efficient. Related: Inefficiency (1749); inefficiently.

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