inefficiency

[in-i-fish-uhn-see]
noun, plural inefficiencies for 2.
1.
the quality or condition of being inefficient; lack of efficiency.
2.
an instance of inefficiency: This work is riddled with inefficiencies.

Origin:
1740–50; ineffici(ent) + -ency

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inefficient (ˌɪnɪˈfɪʃənt)
 
adj
1.  unable to perform a task or function to the best advantage; wasteful or incompetent
2.  unable to produce the desired result
 
inef'ficiency
 
n
 
inef'ficiently
 
adv

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Example sentences
Barriers to progress are high population growth, electricity shortages, and
  inefficiency in key sectors.
Again, he committed the error of insisting that literary inefficiency must be
  accompanied by moral degradation.
Right now, this inefficiency benefits well-off students who have the financial
  and social capital to work the admissions system.
Teachers acknowledge that part of the inefficiency is that the kids are spread
  so thin.
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