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

Definition of wasteful

: given to or marked by waste : lavish, prodigal

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Studies have found that about a quarter of health care spending is wasteful, whether because of overtreatment, overpricing, fraud and abuse, or problems with health care coordination and delivery. Michelle Andrews, Fortune, 16 May 2022 Not only are these materials wasteful, but paying to dispose of them safely can add to the costs of materials. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 3 May 2022 Prior authorization requirements are intended to reduce wasteful and inappropriate health care spending. Michelle Andrews, Fortune, 16 May 2022 The program is wasteful and not well aligned to the realities of today’s airline system. Ben Baldanza, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Unfortunately, the financial incentives underlying the Medicaid expansion have led to a surge of wasteful and improper spending. Brian Blase, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Critics say coupons are expensive, wasteful and inefficient advertising. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 5 Mar. 2022 Why keep blowing out the budget on these wasteful and disgusting coaching buyouts when investing capital in players is the intelligent and morally correct thing to do? Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 9 Feb. 2022 As a result, guards have been posted throughout the system in wasteful and capricious ways, generous benefits like sick leave have been abused and detainees have had the run of entire housing areas. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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