inefficient

[in-i-fish-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. not efficient; unable to effect or achieve the desired result with reasonable economy of means.
  2. lacking in ability, incompetent.

Origin of inefficient

First recorded in 1740–50; in-3 + efficient
Related formsin·ef·fi·cient·ly, adverb

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2. See incapable.
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Related Words for inefficiently

badly, carelessly, inadequately

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British Dictionary definitions for inefficiently

inefficient

adjective
  1. unable to perform a task or function to the best advantage; wasteful or incompetent
  2. unable to produce the desired result
Derived Formsinefficiency, nouninefficiently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inefficiently

inefficient

adj.

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

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