inefficient

adjective in·ef·fi·cient \ ˌi-nə-ˈfi-shənt \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of inefficient

:not efficient: such as
a :not producing the effect intended or desired
b :wasteful of time or energy
  • inefficient operating procedures
c :incapable, incompetent
  • an inefficient worker

inefficient

noun

inefficiently

adverb

Examples of inefficient in a Sentence

  1. The delivery system was very inefficient.

  2. an inefficient use of fuel

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First Known Use of inefficient

1750


INEFFICIENT Defined for English Language Learners

inefficient

adjective

Definition of inefficient for English Language Learners

  • : not capable of producing desired results without wasting materials, time, or energy : not efficient


INEFFICIENT Defined for Kids

inefficient

adjective in·ef·fi·cient \ ˌi-nə-ˈfi-shənt \

Definition of inefficient for Students

1 :not effective :ineffectual
  • an inefficient repair
2 :not capable of bringing about a desired result with little waste
  • inefficient workers

inefficiently

adverb


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