ineffective

  • 1 Ineffective — In ef*fect ive, a. [Pref. in not + effective: cf. F. ineffectif.] Not effective; not having the desired effect; ineffectual; futile; inefficient; useless; as, an ineffective appeal; an ineffective herbal remedy. [1913 Webster +PJC] The word of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 ineffective — [in΄e fek′tiv, in΄i fek′tiv] adj. 1. not effective; not producing the desired effect; ineffectual [an ineffective plan] 2. not capable of performing satisfactorily; incompetent; inefficient [an ineffective mayor] ineffectively adv.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 ineffective — I adjective abortive, barren, disabled, effete, emasculated, feckless, feeble, figurehead, fruitless, futile, gainless, good for nothing, impotent, inadequate, incompetent, indecisive, ineffectual, inefficacious, inept, inoperative, insufficient …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 ineffective — ineffective, ineffectual Ineffective means ‘not producing any effect’ and normally refers to actions or processes. Ineffectual often refers to people, and means ‘lacking the ability to produce results’. The distinctions are more fully discussed… …

    Modern English usage

  • 5 ineffective — (adj.) 1650s, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + EFFECTIVE (Cf. effective). Related: Ineffectively; ineffectiveness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 ineffective — ineffective, ineffectual, inefficient, inefficacious mean not producing or incapable of producing results. Except for this denial of production or capacity for production, these adjectives correspond in their applications and implications to the… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 ineffective — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not producing any or the desired effect. DERIVATIVES ineffectively adverb ineffectiveness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 ineffective — in|ef|fec|tive [ˌınıˈfektıv] adj something that is ineffective does not achieve what it is intended to achieve ≠ ↑effective ineffective in doing sth ▪ The chemical was almost totally ineffective in killing the weeds. ineffective against ▪ Various …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 ineffective — in|ef|fec|tive [ ,ını fektıv ] adjective 1. ) something that is ineffective does not work correctly or does not do what you want it to do: He dismissed the argument as ineffective. be ineffective in doing something: The policy has been largely… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10 ineffective — UK [ˌɪnɪˈfektɪv] / US adjective 1) something that is ineffective does not work correctly or does not do what you want it to do He dismissed the argument as ineffective. be ineffective in doing something: The policy has been largely ineffective in …

    English dictionary

  • 11 ineffective — adj. VERBS ▪ be, prove, seem ▪ These policies have proved ineffective. ▪ become ▪ make sth, render sth …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 ineffective — ineffectively, adv. ineffectiveness, n. /in i fek tiv/, adj. 1. not effective; not producing results; ineffectual: ineffective efforts; ineffective remedies. 2. inefficient or incompetent; incapable: an ineffective manager. 3. lacking in artistic …

    Universalium

  • 13 ineffective — [[t]ɪ̱nɪfe̱ktɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you say that something is ineffective, you mean that it has no effect on a process or situation. Economic reform will continue to be painful and ineffective... This is an ineffective method of controlling your… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 ineffective — adjective Date: 1649 1. not producing an intended effect ; ineffectual < ineffective lighting > 2. not capable of performing efficiently or as expected ; incapable < an ineffective executive > • ineffectively adverb • ineffectiveness …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 ineffective — adjective something that is ineffective does not achieve what it is intended to achieve: The various treatments for AIDS have so far proved ineffective. ineffectively adverb ineffectiveness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 ineffective — adjective 1) an ineffective scheme Syn: unsuccessful, unproductive, fruitless, unprofitable, abortive, futile, purposeless, useless, worthless, ineffectual, inefficient, inefficacious, inadequate; feeble, inept, lame; archaic bootless …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 ineffective — adjective 1) an ineffective scheme Syn: unsuccessful, unproductive, unprofitable, ineffectual 2) an ineffective president Syn: ineffectual, inefficient, inadequate, incompetent, incapable, unfit …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 18 ineffective — See ineffective, ineffectual …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 19 ineffective — [ˌɪnɪˈfektɪv] adj something that is ineffective does not work correctly or does not do what you want it to do …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 ineffective — in•ef•fec•tive [[t]ˌɪn ɪˈfɛk tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) not effective; not producing results; ineffectual 2) inefficient or incompetent: an ineffective manager[/ex] • Etymology: 1645–55 in ef•fec′tive•ly, adv. in ef•fec′tive•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang


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