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. Adam Friedman:

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

  2. Donald Trump:

    I think we've become very weak and ineffective. I think that's why we're not beating ISIS. It's that mentality.

  3. The OSSC:

    The donor's risk assessment performed by the Office at the time of receiving the $1.5 million contribution was ineffective.

  4. Zulfu Livaneli:

    The dilemma is (UNESCO's) support and funding come from governments, so political pressure renders such organizations ineffective.

  5. Michael Treherne:

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

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