Definition of wasteful in English:



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

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