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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Have a watermelon-eating contest Does smashing watermelons seem wasteful? Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 The big difference is rayon requires more energy and chemicals to produce, which is both wasteful and toxic for the workers who make it. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Tencel Fabric," 23 May 2019 Connecticut Hartford: State employees will soon have a financial incentive to point out wasteful spending in their agencies. USA TODAY, "Summer snow, yellow jacket super nests, laundered cat: News from around our 50 states," 26 June 2019 Now, not only has Mr. Erdogan lost access to that source, but Mr. Imamoglu will have access to records that seem likely to detail potentially embarrassing cronyism and wasteful spending that have benefited the president’s supporters. New York Times, "Erdogan Faces Fallout After His Party’s Loss in Istanbul Mayor’s Race," 24 June 2019 In addition to enhancing employer flexibility and worker choice, the HRA rule has the potential to reduce wasteful health care spending. Brian Blase For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Trump's new rule will give businesses and workers better health care options," 13 June 2019 Almost since its inception, the F-35 has been a lighting rod for criticism around wasteful defense spending. Washington Post, "Pentagon and Lockheed Martin reach tentative $34 billion deal for hundreds of F-35 fighter jets," 12 June 2019 The flip-side of this was an over-reliance on investment and exports to power ultra-fast growth, which resulted in wasteful corporate spending—and, as a result, outstanding corporate debt of at least $20 trillion. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "China’s debt disease might wreck its uncrashable housing market," 11 June 2019 Although the cuts may have led some schools to trim otherwise wasteful spending, Mr Jackson and colleagues found that many schools were forced to cut funding of core activities. The Economist, "What budget cuts during the Great Recession did to pupils’ test scores," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of wasteful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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