inefficiency

noun in·ef·fi·cien·cy \ ˌi-nə-ˈfi-shən(t)-sē \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

Definition of inefficiency

plural inefficiencies
1 : the quality or state of being inefficient
2 : something that is inefficient

Examples of inefficiency in a Sentence

  1. The candidate blamed her opponent for the local government's inefficiency.

  2. She claims that money can be saved by reducing inefficiencies.

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First Known Use of inefficiency

1749

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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INEFFICIENCY Defined for English Language Learners

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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

inefficiency

noun in·ef·fi·cien·cy \ ˌi-nə-ˈfi-shən-sē \

Definition of inefficiency for Students

plural inefficiencies
: the state or an instance of being ineffective or inefficient

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