inefficiency


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in·ef·fi·cien·cy

 (ĭn′ĭ-fĭsh′ən-sē)
n. pl. in·ef·fi·cien·cies
1. The quality, condition, or fact of being inefficient.
2. An inefficient act, design, or procedure: pointed out certain inefficiencies in the shipping operation.

in•ef•fi•cien•cy

(ˌɪn ɪˈfɪʃ ən si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. the quality or condition of being inefficient.
2. an instance of inefficiency.
[1740–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inefficiency - unskillfulness resulting from a lack of efficiencyinefficiency - unskillfulness resulting from a lack of efficiency
unskillfulness - a lack of cognitive skill
efficiency - skillfulness in avoiding wasted time and effort; "she did the work with great efficiency"

inefficiency

noun incompetence, slackness, sloppiness, disorganization, carelessness the inefficiency of the distribution system
Translations
عَدَم قُدْرَه، عَدَم كَفاءَه، عَجْز
neúčinnost
ineffektivitetuduelighed
IneffizienzUntauglichkeit
dugleysi; gagnsleysi
nedostatok výkonnosti
verimsizlik

inefficiency

[ˌɪnɪˈfɪʃənsɪ] N [of method] → ineficiencia f; [of person] → incompetencia f

inefficiency

[ˌɪnɪˈfɪʃənsi] n [system, organization] → inefficacité f

inefficiency

n (of person)Unfähigkeit f, → Ineffizienz f (geh); (of machine, engine)geringe Leistung; (of factory, company)Unproduktivität f; the inefficiency of this methoddiese unrationelle Methode

inefficiency

[ˌɪnɪˈfɪʃnsɪ] ninefficienza

inefficient

(iniˈfiʃənt) adjective
not working or producing results etc in the best way and so wasting time, energy etc. an inefficient workman; old-fashioned, inefficient machinery.
ˌinefˈficiently adverb
ˌinefˈficiency noun
References in classic literature ?
The building was on Duane Street, just off Main Street, and had been used for years as a law office by the old man, who had become too feeble and forgetful for the practice of his profession but did not realize his inefficiency.
His only daughter was exceedingly delicate, and he feared that, with no one to look after her and attend to her, her health and life might yet fall a sacrifice to her mother's inefficiency.
All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable.
He believed that the general practitioner who attended the family, and had called him in when the case grew serious, had treated Henrietta unskilfully, but professional etiquette bound him so strongly that, sooner than betray his colleague's inefficiency, he would have allowed him to decimate London.
This piece of history proves at once the inefficiency of the union, the ambition and jealousy of its most powerful members, and the dependent and degraded condition of the rest.
The misfortune under the latter system has been, that these principles are so feeble and confined as to justify all the charges of inefficiency which have been urged against it, and to require a degree of enlargement which gives to the new system the aspect of an entire transformation of the old.
Partly, perhaps, for this reason, but much more on account of his inefficiency as a general, he was deprived of his command in 1756, and recalled to England.
She was not infirm, like her aunt, but she struck me as still more helpless, because her inefficiency was spiritual, which was not the case with Miss Bordereau's.
His wife had never shown any jealousy of Mattie, but of late she had grumbled increasingly over the house-work and found oblique ways of attracting attention to the girl's inefficiency.
The moment he heard the firing and the cry from behind, the general realized that something dreadful had happened to his regiment, and the thought that he, an exemplary officer of many years' service who had never been to blame, might be held responsible at headquarters for negligence or inefficiency so staggered him that, forgetting the recalcitrant cavalry colonel, his own dignity as a general, and above all quite forgetting the danger and all regard for self-preservation, he clutched the crupper of his saddle and, spurring his horse, galloped to the regiment under a hail of bullets which fell around, but fortunately missed him.
At the sight of the mighty figure reduced to pitiable inefficiency and weakness, despite the knowledge that her protector could no longer protect, the fear of the jungle faded from the heart of the young girl--she was no more a weak and trembling daughter of an effete civilization.
That she was illy protected he had seen in the brief instant that had witnessed Clayton's inefficiency.