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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Recent Examples on the Web His supporters pointed out that the subsidies were costly, wasteful and ecologically damaging. The Economist, "Politics this week," 10 Oct. 2019 Even with the wind in their sails during the second-half, Real Madrid were persistently wasteful and looked destined to suffer their second straight defeat in the Champions League this season. SI.com, "Real Madrid 2-2 Brugge: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Los Blancos Fight Back to Salvage Draw," 1 Oct. 2019 Most of us know that plastic bottles are wasteful and are told to use reusable ones. BostonGlobe.com, "That’s why I wanted to write," 27 Sep. 2019 These projects were duly-appropriated by both Democrats and Republicans and have a far bigger impact on the security of our nation than a wasteful wall. Andrew Taylor, baltimoresun.com, "Cuts to military projects to pay for President Trump’s border wall will affect Fort Meade, Joint Base Andrews," 5 Sep. 2019 Many are starting to look past lithium ion batteries, in hopes of finding battery materials that would be less wasteful and more environmentally conscious. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Lithium Metal Could Soon Replace Lithium Ion in Batteries," 29 Aug. 2019 Creating design gold from mining waste Femke Rijerman, courtesy Design Academy Eindhoven Mining is an incredibly wasteful and environmentally destructive process. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The most bizarre and brilliant projects from a Dutch design fair," 5 Nov. 2018 Oregon State Police deputies are searching for a suspect in the wasteful killing of a black bear in Lincoln County. oregonlive, "State police searching for person who killed black bear, abandoned carcass," 17 Dec. 2019 That's five times as much as air travel and twice as much as the notoriously wasteful fashion industry. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "World must hit "peak meat" by 2030 to avoid climate crisis, scientists say," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of wasteful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Wasteful.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wasteful. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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More Definitions for wasteful

wasteful

adjective
How to pronounce wasteful (audio)

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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