Need another word that means the same as “inefficient”? Find 24 synonyms and 30 related words for “inefficient” in this overview.
The synonyms of “Inefficient” are: ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, incompetent, inept, incapable, unfit, unsuitable, unskilled, unskilful, inexpert, amateurish, uneconomical, wasteful, purposeless, unproductive, slow, slow-moving, awkward, unwieldy, cumbersome, deficient, disorganized, unsystematic
Inefficient as an Adjective
Definitions of "Inefficient" as an adjective
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “inefficient” as an adjective can have the following definitions:
- Not achieving maximum productivity; wasting or failing to make the best use of time or resources.
- Not producing desired results; wasteful.
- Lacking the ability or skill to perform effectively; inadequate.
Synonyms of "Inefficient" as an adjective (24 Words)
|amateurish||Lacking professional skill or expertise.|
A very amateurish job.
|awkward||Causing or feeling uneasy embarrassment or inconvenience.|
Luther s awkward movements impeded his progress.
|cumbersome||Not elegant or graceful in expression.|
Organizations with cumbersome hierarchical structures.
|deficient||Of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement.|
Deficient in common sense.
|disorganized||Lacking order or methodical arrangement or function.|
She s very muddled and disorganized.
|incapable||(followed by `of’) lacking capacity or ability.|
Incapable of doing the work.
|incompetent||Not qualified to act in a particular capacity.|
Incompetent at chess.
|ineffective||Not producing an intended effect.|
An ineffective teacher.
|ineffectual||Lacking in power or forcefulness.|
An ineffectual ruler.
|inefficacious||Lacking the power to produce a desired effect.|
Social conventions honed over thousands of years were suddenly inefficacious.
|inept||Revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse.|
The referee s inept handling of the match.
|inexpert||Having or showing a lack of skill or knowledge.|
An inexpert transcription from the real music.
|purposeless||Having no aim or plan.|
His purposeless life.
|slow||At a slow tempo.|
Business is dull or slow.
|uneconomical||Wasteful of money or other resources; not economical.|
The old buses eventually become uneconomical to run.
|unfit||(of a thing) not of the necessary quality or standard to meet a particular purpose.|
Fat and very unfit.
|unproductive||Not producing or able to produce large amounts of goods, crops, or other commodities.|
|unskilful||Not having or showing skill.|
Though kind and willing she was unskilful.
|unskilled||Not having or requiring special skill or training.|
|unsuitable||Not capable of being applied.|
A solvent unsuitable for use on wood surfaces.
|unsystematic||Lacking systematic arrangement or method or organization.|
The burial mound was excavated in an unsystematic way.
|unwieldy||Difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape.|
Huge unwieldy arc lamps.
|wasteful||Tending to squander and waste.|
When wasteful war shall statues overturn.
Usage Examples of "Inefficient" as an adjective
- An inefficient campaign against drugs.
- Inefficient workers.
- Inefficient transport systems.
- Outdated and inefficient design and methods.
- The government was both inefficient and corrupt.
Associations of "Inefficient" (30 Words)
|bin||Throw something away by putting it in a bin.|
Paint on the bottles indicated which way up they should be binned.
|cash||Exchange for cash.|
A discount for cash.
|consume||Serve oneself to or consume regularly.|
People consume a good deal of sugar in drinks.
|costly||Entailing great loss or sacrifice.|
|deluxe||Ostentatiously rich and superior in quality.|
A deluxe hotel.
|dissipation||Loss of energy through its conversion into heat.|
|expendable||(used of funds) remaining after taxes.|
The region is expendable in the wider context of national politics.
|expensive||Costing a lot of money.|
Keeping a horse is expensive.
|extravagance||The quality of exceeding the appropriate limits of decorum or probability or truth.|
His reckless extravagance with other people s money.
|extravagant||Exceeding what is reasonable or appropriate; excessive or elaborate.|
Extravagant claims about the merchandise.
|fling||The act of flinging.|
One final fling before a tranquil retirement.
|garbage||Rubbish or waste, especially domestic refuse.|
Garbage littered the estate.
|ineffective||Lacking in power or forcefulness.|
An ineffective administration.
|inefficiency||The state of not achieving maximum productivity; failure to make the best use of time or resources.|
The idea is to eliminate inefficiency creating a seamless manufacturing process.
|lavish||Sumptuously rich, elaborate, or luxurious.|
|luxury||Luxurious or of the nature of a luxury.|
|million||(in Roman numerals, M written with a macron over it) denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000,000 items or units.|
There were millions of flies.
|outlay||The act of spending or disbursing money.|
Comparatively little financial outlay.
|prodigal||A person who leaves home to lead a prodigal life but later makes a repentant return.|
The dessert was prodigal with whipped cream.
|prodigality||The trait of spending extravagantly.|
|profligacy||Reckless extravagance or wastefulness in the use of resources.|
An era of extreme decadence and profligacy.
He is a drunkard and a profligate.
|slow||Of a sports field or ground likely to make the ball bounce or run slowly or to prevent competitors from travelling fast.|
Investment has slowed down.
|spending||The act of spending or disbursing money.|
|spendthrift||Someone who spends money prodigally.|
Putt was a spendthrift and a heavy gambler.
|splurge||A large or excessive amount of something.|
I splurged on a new TV.
|waste||Run off as waste.|
A life characterized by thriftlessness and waste.
|wastebasket||A container with an open top; for discarded paper and other rubbish.|
|wasteful||Inefficient in use of time and effort and materials.|
A clumsy and wasteful process.
|wastrel||Someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently.|
I have no intention of seeing my dues gambled away by your wastrel of a son.