wasteful

adjective
waste·​ful | \ ˈwāst-fəl How to pronounce wasteful (audio) \

Definition of wasteful

: given to or marked by waste : lavish, prodigal

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Other Words from wasteful

wastefully \ ˈwāst-​fə-​lē How to pronounce wastefully (audio) \ 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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Economists blame Venezuela’s crisis on years of economic mismanagement, wasteful public spending and widespread corruption. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "U.S. Aid for Venezuelans Arrives, Setting Up Showdown With Regime," 16 Feb. 2019 Critics also contend that the cost of creating the new weapons is ultimately unnecessary and wasteful. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Trump Administration Begins Production of New Nuclear Weapon," 1 Feb. 2019 Has wasteful Rahm even seen the South and West side? Terace Garnier, Fox News, "Tipping Point? Heat’s on Rahm in re-election race after bloody Chicago weekend," 7 Aug. 2018 Last year, federal authorities prosecuted four other men in a different case involving wasteful killing of walrus in 2015, this time at Cape Lisburne in Northwest Alaska. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Fourth Brevig Mission man charged with waste in killing of 14 walrus," 6 July 2018 Image Too much overseas activity risks creating wasteful white elephants that can drag down Chinese companies and local partners alike. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Taps the Brakes on Its Global Push for Influence," 29 June 2018 Every adaptation that could improve a species’ use of energy was explored, and wasteful variants swiftly out-competed by a thriftier cousin. Adam Stanton, Scientific American, "Why Do Robots Look Like Animals and Humans?," 5 June 2018 But now that employers, insurers and state and federal governments seem determined to curb growth in health care spending and to combat overcharges and wasteful procedures, the return on such investments is less of a sure thing. baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Proton Treatment Center's restructuring reflects a bubble in health care investment," 3 May 2018 Under Myeni, the airline failed to properly value assets or correctly record irregular or wasteful expenditure, according to a report by the auditor general. Bloomberg.com, "ECB’s Draghi Expects Growth to Remain Solid and Broad-Based," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of wasteful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for wasteful

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 How to pronounce wasteful (audio) \

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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