Definition of inefficiency
1 : the quality or state of being inefficient
2 : something that is inefficient
Examples of inefficiency in a Sentence
The candidate blamed her opponent for the local government's inefficiency.
She claims that money can be saved by reducing inefficiencies.
Recent Examples of inefficiency from the Web
Numerous reports from independent watchdogs point to a disturbing pattern of mismanagement, inefficiency, and poor performance.
Most generally, this inefficiency applies to any aggregator that always places the consensus forecast between the smallest and largest forecasts.
Perhaps the most striking example of inefficiency occurred in 2013, when Gazprom announced that the cost of a pipeline that Rotenberg was building in Krasnodar—a warm, flat region near the Black Sea—had risen by forty-five per cent.
A new foundation, 2B1, under the auspices of MIT's biggest guns – including AI Lab co-founder Seymour Papert and Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte – hopes to skirt the inefficiencies by tapping the cheapest resource: kids.
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First Known Use of inefficiency
INEFFICIENCY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inefficiency for English Language Learners
: the lack of ability to do something or produce something without wasting materials, time, or energy : the quality or state of being inefficient
INEFFICIENCY Defined for Kids
Definition of inefficiency for Students
: the state or an instance of being ineffective or inefficient
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