inefficacious

adjective
in·​ef·​fi·​ca·​cious | \ (ˌ)i-ˌne-fə-ˈkā-shəs How to pronounce inefficacious (audio) \

Definition of inefficacious

: lacking the power to produce a desired effect : ineffective

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Other Words from inefficacious

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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First Known Use of inefficacious

1658, in the meaning defined above

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“Inefficacious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inefficacious. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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