ineffective


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in·ef·fec·tive

 (ĭn′ĭ-fĕk′tĭv)
adj.
1. Not producing an intended effect; ineffectual: an ineffective plea.
2. Inadequate; incompetent: an ineffective teacher.

in′ef·fec′tive·ly adv.
in′ef·fec′tive·ness n.

ineffective

(ˌɪnɪˈfɛktɪv)
adj
1. having no effect
2. incompetent or inefficient
ˌinefˈfectively adv
ˌinefˈfectiveness n

in•ef•fec•tive

(ˌɪn ɪˈfɛk tɪv)

adj.
1. not effective; not producing results; ineffectual.
2. inefficient or incompetent: an ineffective manager.
[1645–55]
in`ef•fec′tive•ly, adv.
in`ef•fec′tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ineffective - not producing an intended effect; "an ineffective teacher"; "ineffective legislation"
idle - not in action or at work; "an idle laborer"; "idle drifters"; "the idle rich"; "an idle mind"
inefficacious - lacking the power to produce a desired effect; "laws that are inefficacious in stopping crime"
inefficient - not producing desired results; wasteful; "an inefficient campaign against drugs"; "outdated and inefficient design and methods"
powerless - lacking power
useless - having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully; "a kitchen full of useless gadgets"; "she is useless in an emergency"
effective, effectual, efficacious - producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect; "an air-cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-distance transportation"-LewisMumford; "effective teaching methods"; "effective steps toward peace"; "made an effective entrance"; "his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action"; "an efficacious law"
2.ineffective - lacking in power or forcefulness; "an ineffectual ruler"; "like an unable phoenix in hot ashes"
impotent - lacking power or ability; "Technology without morality is barbarous; morality without technology is impotent"- Freeman J.Dyson; "felt impotent rage"
3.ineffective - lacking the ability or skill to perform effectively; inadequate; "an ineffective administration"; "inefficient workers"
incompetent - not qualified or suited for a purpose; "an incompetent secret service"; "the filming was hopeless incompetent"

ineffective

adjective
2. inefficient, inadequate, useless, poor, weak, pathetic, powerless, unfit, feeble, worthless, inept, impotent, ineffectual They are burdened with an ineffective leader.

ineffective

adjective
Not having the desired effect:
Translations
غَير ناجِع، عَديم التأثير
neúčinný
ineffektivubrugelig
árangurslaus, áhrifalaus, gagnslaus
neefektyvumasneefektyvus
neefektīvsneiedarbīgs
neúčinný

ineffective

[ˌɪnɪˈfektɪv] ADJ [measure, policy, drug] → ineficaz; [person, committee] → incompetente, ineficaz; [effort, attempt] → infructuoso
the plan proved wholly ineffectiveel proyecto no surtió ningún efecto or no dio ningún resultado
to be ineffective in doing sth [law, measure, drug] → ser or resultar ineficaz a la hora de hacer algo; [person, committee] → ser incompetente or carecer de eficacia a la hora de hacer algo

ineffective

[ˌɪnɪˈfɛktɪv] ineffectual [ˌɪnɪˈfɛktʃuəl] adj
(= unsuccessful) [measure, attempt] → inefficace
[treatment, drug, vaccine] → inefficace
(= incompetent) → incompétent(e)

ineffective

adjunwirksam, ineffektiv; attempt alsofruchtlos, nutzlos; personunfähig, untauglich; government, managementunfähig; to be ineffective against somethingnicht wirksam gegen etw sein; to render something ineffectiveetw unwirksam machen

ineffective

[ˌɪnɪˈfɛktɪv] adj (remedy) → inefficace; (minister, leader) → poco capace

ineffective

(iniˈfektiv) adjective
useless; not producing any result or the result desired. ineffective methods.
ˌinefˈfectiveness noun

ineffective

a. inefectivo-a; inútil.

ineffective

adj ineficaz
References in classic literature ?
Those conditions, however, which arise from causes which may easily be rendered ineffective or speedily removed, are called, not qualities, but affections: for we are not said to be such virtue of them.
Those, however, which arise from causes easily rendered ineffective are called affections, not qualities.
He never said a clever thing, but he had a vein of brutal sarcasm which was not ineffective, and he always said exactly what he thought.
And if the airships were too ineffective, the early drachenflieger were either too unstable, like the German, or too light, like the Japanese, to produce immediately decisive results.
Mary asked, in rather a condescending tone of voice, feeling a sort of pity for the enthusiastic ineffective little woman.
They were successful and when they emerged into the city the sun had set and darkness had come, relieved only by an antiquated and ineffective lighting system, which cast but a pale glow over the shadowy streets.
There is nothing in the whole world so utterly ineffective as our own passionate gratitude must seem to ourselves when we think of all those young fellows--not soldiers, you know, but young men of peace, fond of their pleasures, their games, their sweethearts, their work--throwing it all on one side, passing into another life, passing into the valley of shadows.
the altar in a half-hearted and ineffective way, but true reverence
Having made various ineffective attempts to fit the parcel (which was some two feet square) into the crown thereof, Newman took it under his arm, and after putting on his fingerless gloves with great precision and nicety, keeping his eyes fixed upon Mr Ralph Nickleby all the time, he adjusted his hat upon his head with as much care, real or pretended, as if it were a bran-new one of the most expensive quality, and at last departed on his errand.
Two main traits include or suggest all the others: first, a vigorous but fitful emotionalism which rendered them vivacious, lovers of novelty, and brave, but ineffective in practical affairs; second, a somewhat fantastic but sincere and delicate sensitiveness to beauty.
Several cordials was likewise prescribed in the same ineffective manner; till the landlord ordered up a tankard of strong beer, with a toast, which he said was the best cordial in England.
And Maggie was so entirely without those pretty airs of coquetry which have the traditional reputation of driving gentlemen to despair that she won some feminine pity for being so ineffective in spite of her beauty.