Definition of uncompetitive in US English:



  • 1(with reference to business or commerce) not competitive.

    ‘that would destroy jobs and make industry uncompetitive’
    • ‘Polyester manufacturing has become uncompetitive in high cost economy of the developed countries.’
    • ‘As a result, he says, ‘we've become drastically uncompetitive.’’
    • ‘So there's less reason for companies to stick with uncompetitive locations.’
    • ‘Could auto manufacturing become the 21st century equivalent of Germany's coal industry, uncompetitive and destined to collapse?’
    • ‘In the worst-case scenario, the shuttering of Italy's uncompetitive industry could send unemployment soaring and trigger a long recession.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, NBG is pulling back from Western Europe by closing uncompetitive branches in Frankfurt, Paris, and Amsterdam.’
    • ‘He also expressed concern about the South, which he feels is becoming uncompetitive.’
    • ‘No wonder we are becoming commercially uncompetitive with other nations.’
    • ‘Europe is sometimes perceived as a region which is internationally uncompetitive.’
    • ‘Such comparisons show Ireland for what we have become, a high-cost, uncompetitive economy.’
    • ‘In reality, many markets are uncompetitive and customers may have very little choice.’
    • ‘It said the T3, which is a relatively uncompetitive machine, represented competition if only because of its installed base.’
    • ‘This legacy of government intervention and private monopoly has left Ireland with numerous uncompetitive sectors of the economy and a widespread culture of anti-consumer behaviour.’
    • ‘Evan as wine shipments appear to be opening, the NY retail scene remains uncompetitive because of blue laws.’
    • ‘Maloney said that one of the major effects of the dotcom implosion was to rid the market of unprofitable and uncompetitive firms.’
    • ‘Is this recession purely cyclical, or are we seeing a repeat of the 1970s, when uncompetitive industries were winnowed out?’
    • ‘Unless it is managed better by both parties, they predict that the new deal will render organizations uncompetitive.’
    • ‘It has been under constant pressure from international financial circles to end the practice of stepping in with public funds to bail out uncompetitive and failing corporate entities.’
    • ‘Many countries, including Japan, Brazil and the EU, believe that the US uses these anti-dumping measures to protect its uncompetitive domestic steel industry from foreign competition.’
    • ‘Now look at how the Zambian industry has collapsed due to the same policies which have made the sector become uncompetitive with other countries in the region.’
    1. 1.1 Characterized by a desire to avoid fair competition.
      ‘uncompetitive practices’
      • ‘While they destroy smaller traders by uncompetitive means, the superstores' relations with each other are not quite as red in tooth and claw as their advertising suggests.’
      • ‘Mr McDowell's comments come as the Competition Authority continues to investigate restrictive practices in the profession with a particular focus on perceived uncompetitive practices among barristers.’
      • ‘No longer will he or she be able to hide behind the actions of his or her company to get away with uncompetitive practices.’
      • ‘A Shropshire distie is threatening to report Cisco to the DTI for uncompetitive behaviour after the networking giant's lawyers began moves to stop it selling kit from Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei.’
      • ‘‘I believe that the market is riddled with uncompetitive practice, which is hugely increasing the cost of doing business in Ireland,’ he said.’
      • ‘A general exemption on the grounds of public interest is built into the legislation to protect what might otherwise be uncompetitive activity.’
      • ‘The old system for choosing the elite cadre of advocates in England and Wales was frozen in 2003 after the Office of Fair Trading branded it uncompetitive, and no QCs have been appointed since.’
      • ‘A compliance officer has since been assigned to ensure the campaign is not being unfair to traders and was devoid of any uncompetitive practices.’
      • ‘The Commission says the measures are similar to those the US secretary of transport has to counteract practices seen as uncompetitive.’
      • ‘But the European Commission believes that this has led to uncompetitive practices and disadvantages consumers through restricted choice.’
      • ‘The Competition Authority is to probe excessive fees and uncompetitive practices in the Irish banking sector.’
      • ‘The OFT is to look into competition and selling with regard to store cards and could launch a formal investigation if uncompetitive practices are found.’
      • ‘It could increase competition by ending uncompetitive practices and demanding greater disclosure of information.’