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inefficient

adjective in·ef·fi·cient \-ˈfi-shənt\

: not capable of producing desired results without wasting materials, time, or energy : not efficient

Full Definition of INEFFICIENT

:  not efficient: as
a :  not producing the effect intended or desired
b :  wasteful of time or energy <inefficient operating procedures>
c :  incapable, incompetent <an inefficient worker>
inefficient noun
in·ef·fi·cient·ly adverb

Examples of INEFFICIENT

  1. The delivery system was very inefficient.
  2. an inefficient use of fuel

First Known Use of INEFFICIENT

1750
INEFFICIENT Defined for Kids

inefficient

adjective in·ef·fi·cient \ˌi-nə-ˈfi-shənt\

Definition of INEFFICIENT for Kids

1
:  not effective :  ineffectual <an inefficient repair>
2
:  not capable of bringing about a desired result with little waste <inefficient workers>
in·ef·fi·cient·ly adverb

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