American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Marked by or inclined to waste; extravagant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Destructive; devastating; wasting.
- Producing or involving waste; occasioning serious loss or damage; ruinous.
- Extravagant or lavish; profuse to excess; prodigal; squandering: as, a wasteful person.
- Uninhabited; desolate; waste.
- Synonyms and
- Thriftless, unthrifty.
- Lavish, Profuse, etc. See extravagant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Full of waste; destructive to property; ruinous.
- adj. Expending, or tending to expend, property, or that which is valuable, in a needless or useless manner; lavish; prodigal.
- adj. obsolete Waste; desolate; unoccupied; untilled.
- adj. laying waste
- adj. tending to squander and waste
- adj. inefficient in use of time and effort and materials
- From waste + -ful. (Wiktionary)
“Union representatives say the city has yet to do enough to cut what they call wasteful contracts with vendors and find other efficiencies.”
“President Obama also faces other challenges from House Republicans, led by the incoming House Speaker John Boehner, who have vowed to cut what they call wasteful government spending.”
“Where they differ is on what they define as wasteful spending.”
“Republicans are seizing on what they characterize as wasteful stimulus spending.”
“TODD (voice-over): At the core of what Republicans say is wrong with the president's bill -- what they call wasteful spending, like $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts or $335 million for education programs to prevent HIV/AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases.”
“Plus, Republican leaders railing against what they call the wasteful budget bill.”
“That he is -- has had a agreement with climate change and what he calls wasteful spending.”
“McCain says he can achieve the goal by cutting what he calls wasteful government spending.”
“But one of the things that John McCain did here at the town hall meeting was really rail against what he thinks is a big problem for Republicans, at least the genesis of a problem for Republicans, and that is what he calls wasteful spending in Washington.”
“But some are outraged over what they call wasteful spending in a new transportation bill.”
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