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