inefficient in‧ef‧fi‧cient [ˌɪnˈfɪʆnt◂] adjective
producing goods or working in a way that uses more time, money etc than necessary:

• the assumption that the public sector is wasteful, inefficient and unproductive

— inefficiently adverb
— inefficiency noun [countable, uncountable] :

• Long hours are often a reflection of an organization's bureaucratic inefficiency.

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inefficient UK US /ˌɪnɪˈfɪʃənt/ adjective
using resources such as time, materials, or labour in a way that wastes them: »

There are too many big, inefficient companies in almost every part of the economy.


extremely/highly/increasingly inefficient

Compare EFFICIENT(Cf. ↑efficient)
inefficiently /ˌɪnɪˈfɪʃəntli/ adverb

Governments spend money inefficiently and get little return for it.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Inefficiently — In ef*fi cient*ly, adv. In an inefficient manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inefficiently — inefficient ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not achieving maximum productivity; failing to make the best use of time or resources. DERIVATIVES inefficiency noun inefficiently adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • inefficiently — adverb in an inefficient manner he dealt inefficiently with the crisis • Ant: ↑efficiently • Derived from adjective: ↑inefficient …   Useful english dictionary

  • inefficiently — adverb see inefficient …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • inefficiently — See inefficient. * * * …   Universalium

  • inefficiently — adverb In an inefficient manner …   Wiktionary

  • inefficiently — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. ineffectively, wastefully, unproductively; see badly 1 , carelessly , inadequately …   English dictionary for students

  • inefficiently — adv. in a manner which wastes time or energy; in a manner which does not produce the desired results …   English contemporary dictionary

  • inefficiently — in·efficiently …   English syllables

  • inefficiently — See: inefficient …   English dictionary

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