given to or characterized by useless consumption or expenditure: wasteful methods; a wasteful way of life.
grossly extravagant; prodigal: a wasteful party.
devastating or destructive: wasteful war.
- waste·ful·ly, adverb
- waste·ful·ness, noun
- un·waste·ful, adjective
- un·waste·ful·ly, adverb
- un·waste·ful·ness, noun
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How to use wasteful in a sentence
Yet critics worry the drive toward ever-bigger AI is wasteful, expensive, and consolidates research in the hands of a few companies with cash to fund large-scale models.New ‘Liquid’ AI Learns Continuously From Its Experience of the World | Jason Dorrier | January 31, 2021 | Singularity Hub
In theory, and at scale, the process would be more efficient, less wasteful, and save a few forests too.No Trees Harmed: MIT Aims to One Day Grow Your Kitchen Table in a Lab | Jason Dorrier | January 24, 2021 | Singularity Hub
A poor setup can ruin a business just as quickly as a wasteful campaign.Google Ads and SMBs: How to drive results on a low budget | Carolyn Lyden | January 8, 2021 | Search Engine Land
Some 64 billion parcels were sent last year domestically but current delivery networks are piecemeal, inefficient and wasteful.China's Cainiao Is Revolutionizing How Goods Get Delivered. Will the Rest of the World Follow Its Rules? | Charlie Campbell / Hangzhou | November 24, 2020 | Time
During my administration, I repeatedly tried to fix this wasteful, ineffective system.Maine Governor Won’t Fund Reforms for Public Defense Agency Without Accountability | by Samantha Hogan, The Maine Monitor | November 11, 2020 | ProPublica
Speaking of the TSA leads directly into a final way of minimizing the excesses and wastefulness of a national surveillance state.Four Principles for a Libertarian National Security State | Nick Gillespie | September 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet the mesmerizing fact in US fiscal policy is not the cost of defense, but the wastefulness of US health spending.
Among the lower classes, great wastefulness in the family economies is attributed to the ignorance of the women.The Education of American Girls | Anna Callender Brackett
With calm wastefulness he peeled away the biggest part of the white of the egg with the shell—because it came away so.Sea and Sardinia | D. H. Lawrence
But the new style must conform to the requirement of reputable wastefulness and futility.The Theory of the Leisure Class | Thorstein Veblen
Collateral evidence as to this is the extraordinary wastefulness, of operation which prevailed.Railroads: Rates and Regulations | William Z. Ripley
Reproaching him further for his wastefulness, Mrs. Shorne promised him the money should be got, by hook or by crook, next day.Evan Harrington, Complete | George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for wasteful
tending to waste or squander; extravagant
causing waste, destruction, or devastation
- wastefully, adverb
- wastefulness, noun
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