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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inefficiency UK US /ˌɪnɪˈfɪʃənsi/ noun [C or U] (plural inefficiencies)
a situation in which someone or something fails to use resources such as time, materials, or labour in an effective way: »

The bank chief said that he would not allow or tolerate inefficiency and at the same time would ensure that honest and hard work were properly rewarded.


But critics say the system is full of waste and inefficiency.

inefficiencies in sth »

She's charged with eliminating inefficiencies in state government.

Compare EFFICIENCY(Cf. ↑efficiency)
See also MARKET INEFFICIENCY(Cf. ↑market inefficiency), TECHNICAL INEFFICIENCY(Cf. ↑technical inefficiency), X-INEFFICIENCY(Cf. ↑x-inefficiency)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Inefficiency — In ef*fi cien*cy, n. The quality of being inefficient; lack of power or energy sufficient for the desired effect; inefficacy; incapacity; as, he was discharged from his position for inefficiency. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inefficiency — index detriment, disability (physical inability), impotence, impuissance, inability, incapacity, incompetence, inefficacy …   Law dictionary

  • Inefficiency — The term inefficiency has several meanings depending on the context in which its used:*Allocative inefficiency Allocative efficiency theory says that the distribution of resources between alternatives does not fit with consumer taste (perceptions …   Wikipedia

  • inefficiency — UK [ˌɪnɪˈfɪʃ(ə)nsɪ] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms inefficiency : singular inefficiency plural inefficiencies the inefficient way in which someone does something How can we minimize inefficiency and wasted time? …   English dictionary

  • inefficiency — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ gross ▪ inherent ▪ bureaucratic, government ▪ economic, market VERB + INEFFICIENCY …   Collocations dictionary

  • inefficiency — /in i fish euhn see/, n., pl. 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. [1740 50; INEFFICI(ENT) + ENCY] * * * …   Universalium

  • inefficiency — in•ef•fi•cien•cy [[t]ˌɪn ɪˈfɪʃ ən si[/t]] n. pl. cies 1) the quality or condition of being inefficient 2) an instance of inefficiency • Etymology: 1740–50 …   From formal English to slang

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

  • inefficiency — noun (plural cies) Date: 1749 1. the quality or state of being inefficient 2. something that is inefficient …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • inefficiency — noun Lack of efficiency or effectiveness …   Wiktionary

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