: not producing an intended effect : ineffectual <ineffective lighting>
: not capable of performing efficiently or as expected : incapable <an ineffective executive>
— in·ef·fec·tive·ly adverb
— in·ef·fec·tive·ness noun
Examples of INEFFECTIVE
- The treatment was ineffective against the disease.
- <an ineffective effort to reduce unemployment that only spurred inflation>
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Related to INEFFECTIVE
- counterproductive, feckless, hamstrung, ineffectual, inefficacious, inefficient, inexpedient
- effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient, expedient, operant, ultraefficient
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