Definition of inefficient in English:



  • Not achieving maximum productivity; wasting or failing to make the best use of time or resources.

    ‘inefficient transport systems’
    ‘the government was both inefficient and corrupt’
    • ‘But the force's intelligence system was so inefficient that the records were destroyed or lost.’
    • ‘Fix deadlines, and if they are not met, punish and replace the lethargic and inefficient ones.’
    • ‘Buying an extended warranty each time you buy a household appliance is an inefficient way of insuring belongings.’
    • ‘A fall in asset turnover is normally associated with an inefficient use of resources within a business.’
    • ‘They make very big, very inefficient barbecues which waste loads of charcoal.’
    • ‘Indeed, it would be inefficient to waste time perfecting the literary value.’
    • ‘Originally heralded as a saviour of the poor, he was increasingly seen as corrupt and inefficient.’
    • ‘France, Canada and Russia have built power stations using the tide, but they are unwieldy and inefficient.’
    • ‘Insiders blame it on inefficient and unplanned working culture on the campus.’
    • ‘It would negate the need to build these inefficient wind farms and put a stop to the despoiling of Scotland's landscapes!’
    • ‘The more important point, however, is that ethnic discrimination is inefficient.’
    • ‘The accountants decided the accounts were inefficient, and persuaded the politicians to close them.’
    • ‘The beleaguered and inefficient police service will not solve a minor crime much less for a major one.’
    • ‘Can public enterprises be reformed from within or are they intrinsically inefficient?’
    • ‘Does he not realise that the main reason most people don't use the bus is that they are slow, inconvenient and inefficient?’
    • ‘This free-for-all leads to the economically inefficient use of the resource.’
    • ‘This he ascribed to two trends: declining productivity growth and the inefficient use of labour.’
    • ‘His campaign is based on what he believes makes good government and he states that the current system is inefficient.’
    • ‘Discussion is such a slow and inefficient mechanism for communication of concepts like this.’
    • ‘Procedures that were set up to expose and correct dishonesty were themselves blocked or shown to be inefficient.’
    ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, incompetent, inept, incapable, unfit, unsuitable, unskilled, unskilful, inexpert, amateurish
    uneconomical, wasteful, purposeless, unproductive, time-wasting, slow, slow-moving, awkward, unwieldy, cumbersome, badly arranged, deficient, disorganized, unsystematic
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