American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not producing an intended effect; ineffectual: an ineffective plea.
- adj. Inadequate; incompetent: an ineffective teacher.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not effective; not producing any effect, or the effect desired; wanting effective energy or operation; inefficient; impotent: as, ineffective efforts; an ineffective blow.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not effective; not having the desired effect; ineffectual; futile; inefficient; useless.
- adj. not producing an intended effect
- adj. lacking in power or forcefulness
- adj. lacking the ability or skill to perform effectively; inadequate.
- in- + effective (Wiktionary)
“And because those weapons are so ineffective, we’ll use your neighbourhood as a testing ground…..ineffective as they are, you’ll probably survive…….”
“In 2008, Navarro joined with other former FBI and CIA interrogators to denounce the use of waterboarding and other so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which they called ineffective, counterproductive and unethical.”
“But what we get from our government sometimes is what I call ineffective authoritarianism.”
“The First Merchant Bank of Zimbabwe, in its latest quarterly guide to the economy, cited the high domestic and foreign debt and what it called the ineffective use of the borrowed money and the haemorrhage of funds needed to service the debt as a particularly critical area of concern.”
“It said a clearer approach among Primary Care Trusts PCTs to what it called "ineffective or inefficient treatments" would ensure more consistency across the country.”
“Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich is aiming at what he calls ineffective job-creation efforts by proposing a private agency to take over for the Ohio Department of”
“Even before the recent dip in bilateral ties, China was reluctant to endorse sanctions which it described as ineffective and damaging to its extensive economic ties to Iran.”
“The problem, Thompson said, was the nature of government health insurance mandates, which he described as ineffective, even counter-productive.”
“Ms. Rhee's document also calls for an end to what she calls ineffective policies that waste taxpayer money, such as class size reduction policies in the higher grade levels.”
“The antibiotic had the potential to increase the metabolism of the blood pressure med, possibly rendering in ineffective, which would result in an increase in hypertension.”
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