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synonyms for inefficient

  • disorganized
  • faulty
  • feeble
  • incompetent
  • ineffective
  • ineffectual
  • inept
  • sloppy
  • weak
  • can't hack it
  • careless
  • extravagant
  • half-baked
  • improficient
  • improvident
  • incapable
  • inefficacious
  • inexpert
  • not cut out for
  • prodigal
  • shooting blanks
  • slack
  • slipshod
  • slovenly
  • unfit
  • unprepared
  • unqualified
  • unskilled
  • unskillful
  • untrained

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What is another word for inefficient?

Inefficient is a way of saying that something (or someone) works in a way that wastes effort or energy—in other words, that it’s not efficient. This isn’t always easy to boil down to one word.

A process that’s considered inefficient could be described as wasteful, meaning that it could get the same (or an even better) result with less effort or resources.

Processes that are efficient are sometimes described as economical—meaning they maximize results with minimum resources or effort. In this way, something that’s inefficient could be described as uneconomical.

You could indicate that a process is inefficient by saying that it involves too many steps. You could imply that a machine is inefficient by saying that it doesn’t run as smoothly as it should. Old appliances are called inefficient when they use way more energy to perform the same functions as more efficient ones.

You could imply that a person is inefficient in the way they’re completing a task or doing an activity by saying that they’re doing unnecessary work or exerting more effort than they need to.

Sometimes, instead of saying that something is inefficient, you could say that it suffers from inefficiency.

What is an example of something that’s inefficient?

How do you use inefficient in a sentence?

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antonyms for inefficient

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  • able
  • capable
  • competent
  • dexterous
  • effective
  • fit
  • neat
  • skillful
  • sound
  • strong
  • tidy
  • efficient
  • expert
  • useful
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How to use inefficient in a sentence

Execs also believe that speed as well as fewer in-person meetings will remain as flying across the country when you know you can get something done over Zoom may be seen as inefficient and unnecessarily expensive now.
‘WE HAVE THE CAPABILITY’: HOW THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS HAS ACCELERATED ADVERTISING’S SHIFT TO AGILITYKRISTINA MONLLOSSEPTEMBER 7, 2020DIGIDAY
The IEA notes that the best technology available is more than twice as efficient as the average of what’s actually in use around the world, and three times better than the most inefficient products on the market.
AIR CONDITIONING TECHNOLOGY IS THE GREAT MISSED OPPORTUNITY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGEJAMES TEMPLESEPTEMBER 1, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
Up until this capture, we’d placed our noose carpets along the riverbank in areas we hoped the owls would land, which was inefficient.
THE QUEST TO SNARE—AND SAVE—THE WORLD’S LARGEST OWLJONATHAN SLAGHTAUGUST 28, 2020POPULAR-SCIENCE
It is economically inefficient to preserve jobs in companies that are unlikely to survive the structural changes of the fourth industrial revolution.
‘WE WILL DO THIS TOGETHER’: GERMANY WILL CONTINUE SUBSIDIZING WORKERS’ WAGES THROUGH THE END OF 2021DAVID MEYERAUGUST 26, 2020FORTUNE
In fact, in some ways, Xi Jinping himself was picked because of the party’s fear that, in the period after SARS, it was losing control of parts of society because it was seen as corrupt, as inefficient, as incompetent.
WILL COVID-19 SPARK A COLD WAR (OR WORSE) WITH CHINA? (EP. 414)STEPHEN J. DUBNERAPRIL 23, 2020FREAKONOMICS
In 1997, Ed Glaeser did his own analysis of rent control in New York City, trying to determine just how economically inefficient it was.
WHY RENT CONTROL DOESN’T WORK (EP. 373 REBROADCAST)STEPHEN J. DUBNERMARCH 12, 2020FREAKONOMICS
The use of grout is, therefore, a sign of inefficient workmanship, and should not be countenanced in good work.
ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, 11TH EDITION, VOLUME 4, PART 3VARIOUS
They continued to be of some service to the community in the inefficient condition of the public police.
THE INFLUENCE AND DEVELOPMENT OF ENGLISH GILDSFRANCIS AIDEN HIBBERT
The last governor was kind, but inefficient, and some months ago was sent to the West Indies, where he is officially buried.
IN AFRICAJOHN T. MCCUTCHEON
Was our devotion paid to the wretched, inefficient, clumsy contrivance, which this new doctrine would make it?
KEY-NOTES OF AMERICAN LIBERTYVARIOUS
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WORDS RELATED TO INEFFICIENT

  • aged
  • ailing
  • chicken
  • debilitated
  • decrepit
  • delicate
  • doddering
  • dopey
  • effete
  • enervated
  • enfeebled
  • etiolated
  • exhausted
  • failing
  • faint
  • flabby
  • flat
  • fragile
  • frail
  • gentle
  • helpless
  • impotent
  • inadequate
  • incompetent
  • indecisive
  • ineffectual
  • inefficient
  • infirm
  • insubstantial
  • insufficient
  • lame
  • languid
  • low
  • out of gas
  • paltry
  • poor
  • powerless
  • puny
  • sapless
  • sickly
  • slight
  • strengthless
  • tame
  • thin
  • unconvincing
  • vitiated
  • weak
  • weakened
  • weakly
  • wimpy
  • woozy
  • zero
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