Definitions for ineffectiveˌɪn ɪˈfɛk tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•ef•fec•tiveˌɪn ɪˈfɛk tɪv(adj.)

  1. not effective; not producing results; ineffectual.

  2. inefficient or incompetent:

    an ineffective manager.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ineffective, uneffective, ineffectual(adj)

    not producing an intended effect

    "an ineffective teacher"; "ineffective legislation"

  2. ineffective, ineffectual, unable(adj)

    lacking in power or forcefulness

    "an ineffectual ruler"; "like an unable phoenix in hot ashes"

  3. ineffective, inefficient(adj)

    lacking the ability or skill to perform effectively; inadequate

    "an ineffective administration"; "inefficient workers"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ineffective(adjective)ˌɪn ɪˈfɛk tɪv

    ≠ effective

    All attempts to revive him were ineffective.; an ineffective system


  1. ineffective(Adjective)

    not having the desired effect; ineffectual

  2. ineffective(Adjective)

    lacking in ability; incompetent or inadequate

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ineffective(adj)

    not effective; ineffectual; futile; inefficient; useless; as, an ineffective appeal

Translations for ineffective

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


useless; not producing any result or the result desired

ineffective methods.

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