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INEFFECTIVE

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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]

Meaning:

Not producing an intended effect

Synonyms:

ineffective; ineffectual; uneffective

Context examples:

an ineffective teacher / ineffective legislation

Similar:

toothless (lacking necessary force for effectiveness)

unproductive (not producing desired results)

Also:

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)

Attribute:

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

Antonym:

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


Sense 2ineffective [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking in power or forcefulness

Synonyms:

ineffective; ineffectual; unable

Context examples:

an ineffectual ruler / like an unable phoenix in hot ashes

Similar:

impotent (lacking power or ability)


Sense 3ineffective [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking the ability or skill to perform effectively; inadequate

Synonyms:

inefficient; ineffective

Context examples:

an ineffective administration / inefficient workers

Similar:

incompetent (not qualified or suited for a purpose)


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