inefficient Definition

not achieving maximum productivity; wasting or failing to make the best use of time or resources.

Using inefficient: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "inefficient" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The old machine was inefficient and slow.

  • Example

    The company's management was criticized for being inefficient.

  • Example

    The government's policies were deemed inefficient in addressing the crisis.

  • Example

    Her work was inefficient and full of errors.

inefficient Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with inefficient

  • wasting or failing to make the best use of time


    His procrastination led to an inefficient use of time, causing him to miss the deadline.

  • not making the best use of available resources


    The company's inefficient allocation of resources resulted in a significant loss of revenue.

  • a system of administration that is slow, complicated, and ineffective


    The country's inefficient bureaucracy made it difficult for businesses to operate smoothly.


Summary: inefficient in Brief

The term 'inefficient' [ˌɪnɪˈfɪʃənt] describes something that does not achieve maximum productivity, often wasting time or resources. It can refer to machines, systems, or people, as in 'Her work was inefficient and full of errors.' Phrases like 'inefficient use of time' and 'inefficient allocation of resources' highlight specific contexts where inefficiency can occur.

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