ineffective

adjective

in·​ef·​fec·​tive ˌi-nə-ˈfek-tiv How to pronounce ineffective (audio)
1
: not producing an intended effect : ineffectual
ineffective lighting
2
: not capable of performing efficiently or as expected : incapable
an ineffective executive
ineffectively adverb
ineffectiveness noun

Examples of ineffective in a Sentence

The treatment was ineffective against the disease. an ineffective effort to reduce unemployment that only spurred inflation
Recent Examples on the Web Students say suspensions are ineffective This fall, two high schoolers in Providence, Rhode Island, walked out of a classroom. Sarah Butrymowicz, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2024 Jane filed motions from prison citing such issues as insufficient evidence and ineffective assistance of counsel. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 30 Mar. 2024 Message Training Having the best messaging in the world is of little value if the medium and messenger are ineffective. Rob Forrester, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 The Free Speech Coalition, which represents adult film makers, says the bill would be ineffective because users could mask their location and because people would be forced to transmit sensitive information. Jeff Amy, Quartz, 29 Mar. 2024 Food drops over Gaza criticized as ineffective On Thursday, 16 pallets with 52,700 meals were dropped into Gaza as part of a joint Jordanian-United States operation. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 8 Mar. 2024 But by then the AfD may well prove to be Germany’s second-biggest party, and the party system may be so fragmented that unstable and ineffective three-party coalitions, such as the one Scholz is leading today, may be the country’s only option. Joseph De Weck, The Atlantic, 20 Mar. 2024 The president was speaking before a historically ineffective Congress. Zeke Miller, Fortune, 8 Mar. 2024 The United States is an uninterested, ineffective hegemon, and its great-power rivals even more so. Gregg Carlstrom, Foreign Affairs, 6 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ineffective was in 1649

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“Ineffective.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ineffective. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

ineffective

adjective
in·​ef·​fec·​tive ˌin-ə-ˈfek-tiv How to pronounce ineffective (audio)
1
: not producing the desired effect
an ineffective law
2
: not performing as well as expected or needed
an ineffective leader
ineffectively adverb
ineffectiveness noun

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