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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ineffective mean? 

INEFFECTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective INEFFECTIVE has 3 senses:

1. not producing an intended effect
2. lacking in power or forcefulness
3. lacking the ability or skill to perform effectively; inadequate

  Familiarity information: INEFFECTIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

INEFFECTIVE (adjective)

Sense 1ineffective [BACK TO TOP]


Not producing an intended effect


ineffective; ineffectual; uneffective

Context examples:

an ineffective teacher / ineffective legislation


toothless (lacking necessary force for effectiveness)

unproductive (not producing desired results)


useless (having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully)

powerless (lacking power)

inefficient (not producing desired results; wasteful)

inefficacious (lacking the power to produce a desired effect)

idle (not in action or at work)


effectiveness; effectivity; effectuality; effectualness (power to be effective; the quality of being able to bring about an effect)


effective (producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect)

Sense 2ineffective [BACK TO TOP]


Lacking in power or forcefulness


ineffective; ineffectual; unable

Context examples:

an ineffectual ruler / like an unable phoenix in hot ashes


impotent (lacking power or ability)

Sense 3ineffective [BACK TO TOP]


Lacking the ability or skill to perform effectively; inadequate


inefficient; ineffective

Context examples:

an ineffective administration / inefficient workers


incompetent (not qualified or suited for a purpose)

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