Definition of ineffective in English:



  • Not producing any significant or desired effect.

    ‘the legal sanctions against oil spills are virtually ineffective’
    ‘a weak and ineffective president’
    • ‘If you try to use an action to make the ‘wrong’ judgement, it will be highly ineffective.’
    • ‘As a result they can look forward to an ineffective centre being eventually closed altogether when it suits them.’
    • ‘As a sales patter, it was hopelessly ineffective, probably scaring off any potential purchasers.’
    • ‘In fact, security measures promoted by risk aversion tend to be ineffective.’
    • ‘Socialism has been proven to be an ineffective way of increasing the productivity and efficiency of an economy.’
    • ‘Just as well people know me for the ineffective correspondent that I am.’
    • ‘The ad industry doesn't need a bunch of clueless and ineffective new rules - they just need a good brief.’
    • ‘The treatment was expensive and ineffective, with a high recurrence rate.’
    • ‘I personally do not believe the heritage centre would be ineffective, quite the contrary.’
    • ‘The hoses which the doomed emergency workers hauled up the stairs would have been completely ineffective.’
    • ‘It may prove ineffective if, at appeal, workers expose vague contractual obligations.’
    • ‘Private companies will also be allowed to collect fines in areas where courts have been ineffective.’
    • ‘Another interesting charge is that the loss leading auditors are also spectacularly ineffective.’
    • ‘I have always believed fox hunting is a pretty ineffective way of controlling this particular vermin.’
    • ‘The council has been totally ineffective at reducing rodent numbers despite my phone calls and emails.’
    • ‘To be sure, this mission has been woefully ineffective from the start.’
    • ‘The watchdog criticised low standards, poor quality teaching and ineffective management.’
    • ‘So it was more to reduce the ineffective trial rate than to impact on the delays, but it does work together, obviously.’
    • ‘Universities, the most ineffective professional lobby in Britain, simply took this on the chin.’
    • ‘If little else, the response was ineffective and certainly not constructive.’
    unsuccessful, non-successful, unproductive, fruitless, profitless, unprofitable, abortive, failed, futile, purposeless, worthless, useless, ineffectual, inefficient, inefficacious, inadequate, vain, unavailing, to no effect
    ineffectual, inefficient, inefficacious, unsuccessful, powerless, impotent, inadequate, incompetent, incapable, unfit, inept, lame, feeble, weak, poor
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