What does ineffective mean?

Definitions for ineffectiveˌɪn ɪˈfɛk tɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ineffective.

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"


  1. Ineffective(a.)

    Not effective; not having the desired effect; ineffectual; futile; inefficient; useless; as, an ineffective appeal; an ineffective herbal remedy.

  2. Origin: [Pref. in- not + effective: cf. F. ineffectif.]


  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

  2. Origin: [Pref. in- not + effective: cf. F. ineffectif.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ineffective

    in-ef-fek′tiv, adj. not effective: useless.—adv. Ineffec′tively.—adj. Ineffec′tual, fruitless.—ns. Ineffectual′ity, Ineffec′tualness.—adv. Ineffec′tually.—adj. Inefficā′cious, not having power to produce an effect.—adv. Inefficā′ciously.—n. Inef′ficacy, want of efficacy.—n. Ineffic′iency.—adj. Ineffic′ient, effecting, or capable of effecting, nothing.—adv. Ineffic′iently.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ineffective in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ineffective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Scott Adams:

    The Dilbert Principle The most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage--Management.

  2. Sun-tzu:

    A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.

  3. Guntram Wolff:

    This would be at best ineffective and at worst dangerous, (It) would be a strong signal that the ECB is no longer a 'joint and several' institution.

  4. Rich Nugent:

    If you can't lead and you can't deliver, then your own personal political philosophy is pretty much irrelevant, there have been far too many occasions over the last four years where the House has been ineffective.

  5. Steve Warren:

    The fire has been completely ineffective ... The Iraqi security forces there have done a very good job of creating a security zone. American forces ... have sustained absolutely no injuries, wounds or even a close attack.

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