Definition of wasteful in English:

wasteful

adjective

  • (of a person, action, or process) using or expending something of value carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose.

    ‘wasteful energy consumption’
    • ‘When the cost of living increases, everybody will cut wasteful expenditure.’
    • ‘Not to do so would be wasteful, an offence against Scottish thrift and against her tireless spirit.’
    • ‘I had not realised before what an wasteful source of power it is.’
    • ‘Similar examples of irrational and wasteful uses of water can be found elsewhere.’
    • ‘Other items of wasteful consumption include unused gym subscriptions and sports equipment.’
    • ‘So while the war will probably be wasteful, I doubt it will have much effect one way or the other.’
    • ‘Simply put: it's wasteful and irresponsible to squander our precious resources on a luxury item like meat.’
    • ‘It's a very wasteful process, almost entirely due to the fine mesh of the nets.’
    • ‘She has a lot of lavish, wasteful spending in her budget in particular, and I'd like to cut that.’
    • ‘The State is the absolute worst mechanism for this purpose because it is so wasteful and inefficient.’
    • ‘They have also dismissed the borough's 30th anniversary event as wasteful.’
    • ‘North Americans are too wasteful, and too ready to turn a blind eye to it.’
    • ‘This saves the society from wasteful investment and ensures efficient use of scarce resources.’
    • ‘The stuff about them being more dangerous and needlessly wasteful is true, but that's just extra ammunition.’
    • ‘Restoring the dividend tax credit would be a better use of public money than much of the government's wasteful spending.’
    • ‘This is a wasteful process causing a net loss of nitrogen to the animal and pollution of the environment.’
    • ‘I put this down to us eating a relatively healthy diet and not convenience foods which come with too much wasteful packaging.’
    • ‘Local authority chiefs are insistent that the characterisation of councils as wasteful bureaucracies is wrong.’
    • ‘We are finding that they are disappearing fast because of careless, wasteful use of outdoor light.’
    • ‘As energy prices soar, it will seem ludicrously wasteful to cart goods halfway round the world.’
    prodigal, profligate, uneconomical, extravagant, lavish, excessive, careless, imprudent, improvident, reckless
    thriftless, spendthrift, squandering
    needless, useless, not needed, squandered
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Pronunciation:

wasteful

/ˈwās(t)fəl/