ineffective

adjective
in·​ef·​fec·​tive | \ ˌi-nə-ˈfek-tiv How to pronounce ineffective (audio) \

Definition of ineffective

1 : not producing an intended effect : ineffectual ineffective lighting
2 : not capable of performing efficiently or as expected : incapable an ineffective executive

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Other Words from ineffective

ineffectively adverb
ineffectiveness noun

Examples of ineffective in a Sentence

The treatment was ineffective against the disease. an ineffective effort to reduce unemployment that only spurred inflation

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Those statistics flatter to deceive because as mentioned Stoke's play is so often ineffective and the shooting so often wayward. SI.com, "3 Problems Nathan Jones Must Solve to Save Stoke City From Championship Obscurity," 27 Aug. 2019 The latest attempt by the British government to tackle a rise in knife attacks among young people has been widely criticized as ineffective and racially-insensitive. Julia Webster, Time, "'Racist, or, at Best, Unfathomably Stupid.' Britons Finding it Hard to Swallow Campaign to Curb Knife Crime With Ads on Fried Chicken Boxes," 23 Aug. 2019 Responding to the report, the nursing board said the audit implied that its activities were ineffective and ignored board staff’s close involvement with the program. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Auditors urge better monitoring of program for nurses battling chemical dependency," 14 June 2019 Opponents worried the agency would expand the militarization of policing in Mexico, which is largely viewed as ineffective and prone to civil rights abuses. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Military officials recruiting civilians for National Guard in Baja California," 13 June 2019 Dale Ho, the director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, said Ohio's move is an ineffective and costly way of identifying inactive voters. Eric Bradner, CNN, "Democrats fret court's Ohio decision could lead more states to purge voter rolls," 11 June 2018 Teething medicines for infants are both ineffective and dangerous – and sometimes even fatal. Philly.com, "Why it's time to abandon teething medications," 7 June 2018 The damage likely made the attenuator ineffective and contributed to Huang’s death. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Tesla’s Autopilot steered car toward barrier before deadly crash, investigators say," 7 June 2018 Institutions for decades were seen as a drain on public resources and widely viewed as ineffective and inhumane. Angela Hart, sacbee, "Force homeless people into institutions, Republican candidate for California governor says | The Sacramento Bee," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ineffective

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ineffective was in 1649

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ineffective

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ineffective

: not producing or having the effect you want : not effective

ineffective

adjective
in·​ef·​fec·​tive | \ ˌi-nə-ˈfek-tiv How to pronounce ineffective (audio) \

Kids Definition of ineffective

: not having the desired effect The medicine was ineffective.

Other Words from ineffective

ineffectively adverb

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