Definition of uneconomical in US English:



  • Wasteful of money or other resources; not economical.

    ‘the old buses eventually become uneconomical to run’
    • ‘In the free market, people are let go because changes in productivity or markets have made it uneconomical for their company to employ them.’
    • ‘Very low quality silage is not a suitable feed for cattle finishing where high performance levels are required as the amount of meal required makes the daily feed cost uneconomical.’
    • ‘These allow successful prospectors to retain rights to mineral deposits which are uneconomical to exploit immediately.’
    • ‘Some were productive, to be sure, but more were uneconomical, and a few were simply fraudulent.’
    • ‘It's uneconomical when the Scouts have nine other buildings they can use for meetings.’
    • ‘‘It can't go much lower than that because then it's uneconomical to bring metal in,’ one overseas producer said.’
    • ‘He said it was uneconomical for millers to go in rural areas and mobilise maize and later transport it to urban areas.’
    • ‘This was considered insensitive and uneconomical.’
    • ‘Farmers are baffled about how to remedy natural animal behaviour and say the tax could make farming uneconomical.’
    • ‘There are a number of constraints which make it uneconomical to use.’
    • ‘These measures have effectively made investing in residential property in this country uneconomical, and have encouraged investment overseas as a result.’
    • ‘This price drop is leaving spring lamb production uneconomical and driving more people away from sheep farming.’
    • ‘He was recently asked whether he had ever owned a SUV, the jeep-type vehicle renowned for its uneconomical performance, and he replied that he had not.’
    • ‘Now it has emerged that the money spent on repairing him made it uneconomical to get a replacement this year.’
    • ‘In the US, however, despite the high paddy productivity, farmers find its cultivation uneconomical.’
    • ‘If permitted, these can effectively shut down a horse farm by zoning it into non-compliance with local laws or by making continuing operation uneconomical.’
    • ‘Anything less than 250 acres means that, barring downward revisions of costs, it is uneconomical for the logger to harvest from the total parcel.’
    • ‘At the same time, renewable energies are denounced as uneconomical, with their potential marginalised in order to underscore the indispensability of nuclear energy.’
    • ‘Though the borough claims such a service is uneconomical, a best value review recently completed by the county council recommends developing park and ride around Bedford.’
    • ‘Some abattoirs do not provide a service for local outlets because it is uneconomical to interrupt large contracts to deal with individual producers.’
    spendthrift, thriftless, unthrifty, wasteful, prodigal, profligate, extravagant, squandering, free-spending, lavish, immoderate, excessive
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