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  • adv. In an ineffective manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an ineffective manner; without effect; inefficiently; ineffectually.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an ineffective manner; without effect; weakly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an ineffective manner


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  • Clinton used in ineffectively, but nevertheless used it several times.

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  • If only the bloggers whose words seem so compelling were the ones sending us e-mail: 34 percent of workers surveyed by Information Mapping, Inc. reported wasting thirty to sixty minutes a day trying to interpret "ineffectively" written messages.

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  • Even more interesting, and perhaps more motivating to those teachers among us, is the fact that 34% of workers surveyed in another study reported wasting 30-60 minutes per day trying to interpret "ineffectively" written email messages.


  • If not, I fail to see the reason why we should educate our children 'ineffectively'.


  • Justice Marshall explained exactly this problem in his dissent in Strickland: It is often very difficult to tell whether a defendant convicted after a trial in which he was ineffectively represented would have fared better if his lawyer had been competent.

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  • He's also increased the uncertainty inherent in an already dysfunctional and perverse tax code, added trillions to our national debt, spent taxpayer money ineffectively and inefficiently, tried to micromanage the economy, and acted as an incompetent venture capitalist by investing in "green jobs" and high-speed rail.

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  • "Because they're doled out blindly, the state is spending a lot of money ineffectively and rewarding districts for paying their teachers more," said Mr. Janowski, who conducted his own study on teacher pensions.

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  • My hands batted ineffectively at his shoulders as my skin tore like paper under his mouth.

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  • What we've ineffectively done is borrowed against the future.

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  • One role we have played as consultants at Coin Street has been stopping people from spending money ineffectively.

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