inefficient

[in-i-fish-uhnt]
adjective
1.
not efficient; unable to effect or achieve the desired result with reasonable economy of means.
2.
lacking in ability, incompetent.

Origin:
1740–50; in-3 + efficient

inefficiently, adverb


2. See incapable.
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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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inefficient
1750, "not producing the desired effect," from in- "not" + efficient (q.v.).
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Example sentences
But innovation is horribly wasteful and inefficient.
It's shockingly wasteful and inefficient, but effective.
Proponents might argue that organizing garbage collection on a ward-by-ward basis is inefficient and wasteful.
But in both cases they're products of an inefficient and unfair system.
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