Definition of inefficient in English:

inefficient

adjective

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

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

inefficient

/ˌinəˈfiSH(ə)nt/