Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being incapable of producing a desired effect or result.

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  • n. The condition of being ineffective

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lack of power to produce the desired or proper effect; inefficiency; ineffectualness; futility; uselessness; fruitlessness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lack of efficacy or power to produce the desired effect; ineffectualness; failure of effect.

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

  • n. a lack of efficacy

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Examples

  • Of force, the inefficacy has been already tried; since the Latins have subdued the empire, without subduing the minds, of the Greeks.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Consider Hamilton's observation regarding the "inefficacy" of Government.

    Why We Need A New Constitution: Part 3 of 21

  • Now, Reid has brought the kind of inefficacy that led to the demise of health care to the forefront on jobs.

    The Crimson White

  • Whalen, managing director of Institutional Risk Analytics, who earlier this month speculated the nation is only one quarter of the way through the foreclosure crisis, said the current situation is reminiscent of the early years of the Great Depression -- both in the severity of the crisis and the inefficacy of the government response.

    Mortgage Crisis Is 'Cancer,''Slow Wasting Process,' Analyst Says

  • … This was due to the poor hygiene, the wide spread of endemic regularly occurring diseases, the occurrence of epidemics, and the inefficacy of most medical treatments.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • That the only fond thoughts on Rahm's departure are coming from a conservative Beltway columnist reveals the inefficacy of Rahm as Chief of Staff under the first two years of Obama.

    John Wellington Ennis: How Rahm Bombed

  • That the only fond thoughts on Rahm's departure are coming from a conservative Beltway columnist belies the inefficacy of Rahm as Chief of Staff under the first two years of Obama.

    John Wellington Ennis: How Rahm Bombed

  • For Brazil, however, Mano may need to play The Hulk differently, in more of a direct center forward role given the inefficacy of Pato and Fred in that position.

    Arnal Dayaratna: Mano Recalls Ronaldinho and the Hulk

  • The call-up represented the most candid admission so far of the inefficacy of his squad selections and starting line-ups, particularly in the areas of Brazil's attacking midfield and striker combinations.

    Arnal Dayaratna: Mano Recalls Ronaldinho and the Hulk

  • Mohamed was arrested multiple times, and grew tired of the inefficacy of small protests where the activists were corralled by the police and arrested.

    Joshua Hoyt: Courage: Cairo, Egypt

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