- inefficient in‧ef‧fi‧cient [ˌɪnˈfɪʆnt◂] adjectiveproducing 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.
* * *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 inefficientinefficiently /ˌɪnɪˈfɪʃəntli/ adverb► »
Governments spend money inefficiently and get little return for it.
Financial and business terms. 2012.