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 wasteful (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 But the endowment has long been in the cross hairs of Republicans as a symbol of wasteful liberal largess. New York Times, "Trump Tried to End Federal Arts Funding. Instead, It Grew.," 15 Jan. 2021 Two years ago, a law banning the wasteful practice of tossing unwanted fish overboard came fully into effect in European waters. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Researchers say Europe’s ban on throwing unwanted fish overboard is backfiring," 13 Jan. 2021 It’s just cleaner and simpler without wasteful features being thrown at you constantly. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "These are the best smartphones of 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 With toilet paper out of stock, bidets are booming, which is good news for our behinds and less wasteful. Usa Today Staff, USA TODAY, "Good news in 2020? Yes, it's true! Here are 100 positive things that happened this year," 23 Dec. 2020 The holiday season has garnered a reputation as the most wonderful time of the year — and the most wasteful. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "'Tricky this year': How to help the planet while gift shopping during the pandemic," 22 Dec. 2020 Warped incentives, wasteful practices, overconfidence, inequality, a biomedical bias—COVID‑19 has exposed them all. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How Science Beat the Virus," 17 Dec. 2020 Its auditors found that the most wasteful federal programs were Medicaid, Medicare and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Bethany Blankley, Washington Examiner, "20 federal agencies have wasted $2.3 trillion in taxpayer money in improper payments since 2004: Reports," 7 Dec. 2020 The more advanced machines marching onto construction sites will help make construction less wasteful. Will Knight, Wired, "Robots Invade the Construction Site," 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of wasteful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Wasteful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wasteful. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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