inefficacious

adjective

in·​ef·​fi·​ca·​cious (ˌ)i-ˌne-fə-ˈkā-shəs How to pronounce inefficacious (audio)
: lacking the power to produce a desired effect : ineffective
inefficaciously adverb
inefficaciousness noun

Examples of inefficacious in a Sentence

his efforts to restore the neglected houseplant back to health were belated and sadly inefficacious an inefficacious medication for a rare form of tuberculosis
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Word History

First Known Use

1658, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inefficacious was in 1658

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“Inefficacious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inefficacious. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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