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 American conservatives and libertarians say no, arguing that private companies create jobs and eliminate wasteful government spending. Washington Post, 18 July 2021 Grass in a park isn't all wasteful-especially an urban park. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 July 2021 As a result, brands and ad agencies have come to view third-party cookies as ineffective, wasteful, and radioactive from a publicity standpoint. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 12 June 2021 After being released from wasteful, expensive and repetitive commutes, long days in business attire and traditional, inflexible work hours, employees will likely expect more flexibility from their employers post-pandemic. Barry Mccarthy, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Now, marketers can bring in their customers and visitors as partners in meeting their needs while reducing wasteful spending of marketing budgets in the process. Gary Walter, Forbes, 28 June 2021 The party pulled off upset victories with some frequency by attacking Democrats on seemingly intractable problems like violent crime, high taxes and wasteful spending. New York Times, 21 June 2021 One reason government spending is so needlessly costly is somewhat paradoxical: The state is wasteful precisely because people are so concerned about wasting money. Sean-michael Pigeon, National Review, 7 June 2021 Drip irrigation can save much water if it is programmed well, but a system programmed to overwater a garden is wasteful. Pam Peirce, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 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 26 Jul. 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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