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 The team’s only wasteful spending was on a player no longer welcome on the premises. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens draft preview: Trevon Moehrig headlines the safety class, but where does he fit?," 16 Apr. 2021 This reflects an ethos of self-reliance, as well as decades of conservative criticism that welfare is wasteful and breeds dependence. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why cities are experimenting with giving people cash payments," 2 Apr. 2021 Republicans are wary of wasteful spending and reject efforts to raise taxes. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "Biden Plans to Split Spending Plan in Two," 28 Mar. 2021 Claiming that any of this wasteful spending is stimulative is laughable. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Treasurys Tremble," 13 Mar. 2021 Democrats passed the bill over the objections of all House Republicans, who said the package was too expensive and dedicated mostly to wasteful spending unrelated to the pandemic. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "House passes $1.9 trillion spending bill without one GOP vote," 10 Mar. 2021 Critics contend the package is wasteful and not well targeted. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden is already fixating on his legacy," 30 Mar. 2021 Mojave Desert, McLean’s interest in an infrared seeking rocket was downright wasteful. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Almost-Unbelievable True Story of the Sidewinder Missile," 21 Mar. 2021 He was initially lauded for his efforts to bolster the economy, stem wasteful spending and upgrade Tanzania’s infrastructure. New York Times, "John Magufuli, Tanzania Leader Who Played Down Covid, Dies at 61," 17 Mar. 2021

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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 13 May. 2021.

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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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