wasteful

adjective
waste·ful | \ˈwāst-fəl \

Definition of wasteful 

: given to or marked by waste : lavish, prodigal

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Other Words from wasteful

wastefully \ˈwāst-fə-lē \ adverb
wastefulness noun

Examples of wasteful in a Sentence

a wasteful use of natural resources a careless and wasteful person We must eliminate wasteful expenditures.
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But Mobileye argues that this approach is simultaneously wasteful and unlikely to deliver sufficient evidence of safety. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Intel’s Mobileye wants to dominate driverless cars—but there’s a problem," 21 May 2018 What to do with your dirty old sponge If throwing out sponges frequently seems wasteful, Egert suggests using them in other parts of the house where bacteria might not be so important, such as cleaning floors or gardening equipment. Alice Park, Time, "You Should Throw Away Your Germy Kitchen Sponge Immediately. Here’s How to Wash Your Dishes Instead," 27 Apr. 2018 The report said authorities should seek full recovery of the $341,000 deemed wasteful spending. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, BostonGlobe.com, "Agency watchdog slams ex-HHS chief Tom Price on costly travel," 13 July 2018 The report said authorities should seek full recovery of the $341,000 deemed wasteful spending. CBS News, "Government watchdog slams former HHS head for travel," 13 July 2018 Germany could, and should have conceded more, but Joachim Low's side were spared further embarrassment by Mexico's wasteful finishing and poor decision-making in the final third. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Germany vs Sweden - Recent Form, Prediction, Team News & More," 22 June 2018 Located at the 12 o’clock position on the top of the case is a placement that is a nod to the history of the Baume & Mercier heritage and allows for an easier and less wasteful future expansion into pocket-watch styles. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "A tale of two timepieces: Rolex ropes the rose-gold rainbow, Baume gets earth-friendly with new watch," 7 June 2018 There are good governmental agencies, efficient and accomplished, and there are incredibly wasteful governmental agencies, inefficient and broken. Nick Hoppe, SFChronicle.com, "In defense of government interference," 21 May 2018 Mulvaney has pledged to defang the agency, criticizing it for wasteful spending and overzealous oversight that is strangling banks and other lenders. Author: Emily Flitter, Glenn Thrush, Anchorage Daily News, "Wells Fargo said to be the target of a $1 billion U.S. fine," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of wasteful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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wasteful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wasteful

: using more of something than is needed : causing something valuable to be wasted

wasteful

adjective
waste·ful | \ˈwāst-fəl \

Kids Definition of wasteful

: spending or using in a careless or foolish way

Other Words from wasteful

wastefully \-fə-lē \ adverb
wastefulness noun

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