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ineffective

[in-i-fek-tiv] /ˌɪn ɪˈfɛk tɪv/
adjective
1.
not effective; not producing results; ineffectual:
ineffective efforts; ineffective remedies.
2.
inefficient or incompetent; incapable:
an ineffective manager.
3.
lacking in artistic effect, as a literary work, theatrical production, or painting.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; in-3 + effective
Related forms
ineffectively, adverb
ineffectiveness, noun
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Examples for ineffective
  • But much education work has been labelled ineffective.
  • The bomber's intent to die makes deterrents ineffective.
  • School officials ended the program earlier this year, calling it ineffective.
  • Nonetheless, her government's response has been criticised as tardy and ineffective.
  • Some homemade remedies are ineffective and can even be detrimental to skin.
  • They can try to keep the cash out through controls on foreign capital, but these are often ineffective.
  • That's good in theory, but totally ineffective in practice.
  • Campuses are collectively incredibly sick and ineffective places for generating genuinely open-minds.
  • Paying for ineffective procedures means that others are denied access to effective medical care.
  • They also say the machines would be ineffective at spotting explosives hidden in body cavities.
British Dictionary definitions for ineffective

ineffective

/ˌɪnɪˈfɛktɪv/
adjective
1.
having no effect
2.
incompetent or inefficient
Derived Forms
ineffectively, adverb
ineffectiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ineffective
adj.

1650s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + effective. Related: Ineffectively; ineffectiveness.

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