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wasteful

[weyst-fuh l]
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adjective
  1. given to or characterized by useless consumption or expenditure: wasteful methods; a wasteful way of life.
  2. grossly extravagant; prodigal: a wasteful party.
  3. devastating or destructive: wasteful war.
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Origin of wasteful

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at waste, -ful
Related formswaste·ful·ly, adverbwaste·ful·ness, nounun·waste·ful, adjectiveun·waste·ful·ly, adverbun·waste·ful·ness, noun
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Related Words for wastefulness

profusion, exorbitance, amenity, prodigality, absurdity, lavishness, outrageousness, frill, luxury, waste, exaggeration, overindulgence, extravagancy, expenditure, excess, dissipation, improvidence, profligacy, folly, recklessness

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British Dictionary definitions for wastefulness

wasteful

adjective
  1. tending to waste or squander; extravagant
  2. causing waste, destruction, or devastation
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Derived Formswastefully, adverbwastefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wastefulness

wasteful

adj.

14c., from waste (n.) + -ful. Related: Wastefully; wastefulness.

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