inefficiency

noun

in·​ef·​fi·​cien·​cy ˌi-nə-ˈfi-shən(t)-sē How to pronounce inefficiency (audio)
plural inefficiencies
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 on the Web In a fiercely competitive market, there’s no room for the inefficiencies and the idiosyncrasies that create places like Sakuraya. Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2024 Local economic growth is likely to be stymied as a result of these inefficiencies. Nerdwallet, The Mercury News, 1 July 2024 The lab aims to explore the ways in which AI can aid more rapid development of the logistics sector, particularly by solving the most major inefficiencies in logistics. Meghan Hall, Sourcing Journal, 28 June 2024 For example, the militaries of EU member states operate too many different weapons systems, which creates practical and economic inefficiencies. Olaf Scholz, Foreign Affairs, 5 Dec. 2022 See all Example Sentences for inefficiency 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'inefficiency.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inefficiency was in 1749

Dictionary Entries Near inefficiency

Cite this Entry

“Inefficiency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inefficiency. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

inefficiency

noun
in·​ef·​fi·​cien·​cy ˌin-ə-ˈfish-ən-sē How to pronounce inefficiency (audio)
plural inefficiencies
1
: the quality or state of being inefficient
2
: something that is inefficient

More from Merriam-Webster on inefficiency

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!