Definitions for ineffectiveˌɪn ɪˈfɛk tɪv

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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"


  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.]

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Adam Friedman:

    This is not analogous to saying that this integral part of cancer surveillance is ineffective or harmful.

  2. Michael Treherne:

    We like Curro, we like the theme, especially considering that their competition is the government, which has shown to be ineffective.

  3. Scott Adams:

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

  4. Sun-tzu:

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

  5. Lisa Katic:

    When we get into warning collective audiences of people, it’s ineffective, people are tired of being told what they can’t do and can’t have.

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