inefficacy


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in·ef·fi·ca·cy

 (ĭn-ĕf′ĭ-kə-sē)
n.
The state or quality of being incapable of producing a desired effect or result.
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in•ef•fi•ca•cy

(ɪnˈɛf ɪ kə si)

n.
lack of power or capacity to produce the desired effect.
[1605–15; < Late Latin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inefficacy - a lack of efficacy
ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness - lacking the power to be effective
efficaciousness, efficacy - capacity or power to produce a desired effect; "concern about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine"
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inefficacy

noun
The condition or state of being incapable of accomplishing or effecting anything:
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Translations

inefficacy

[ɪnˈefɪkəsɪ] N (frm) → ineficacia f
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inefficacy

nUnwirksamkeit f, → Wirkungslosigkeit f; (of policy)Erfolglosigkeit f, → Fruchtlosigkeit f
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References in classic literature ?
This censorial body, therefore, proves at the same time, by its researches, the existence of the disease, and by its example, the inefficacy of the remedy.
AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America.
Supposing this person, wearied at the inefficacy of the poison, should, as Monte Cristo intimated, have recourse to steel!
His fall in nowise lessened the faith of his people in his charmed life; for they declared that it was not a bullet which laid him low, but a bit of horn which had been shot into him by some Blackfoot marksman aware, no doubt, of the inefficacy of lead.
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Cut off as I was from all intercourse with the civilized world, and feeling the inefficacy of anything the natives could do to relieve me; knowing, too, that so long as I remained in my present condition, it would be impossible for me to leave the valley, whatever opportunity might present itself; and apprehensive that ere long we might be exposed to some caprice on the part of the islanders, I now gave up all hopes of recovery, and became a prey to the most gloomy thoughts.
"Without expecting any thanks, or anything of the sort," resumed Camilla, "I have remained in that state, hours and hours, and Raymond is a witness of the extent to which I have choked, and what the total inefficacy of ginger has been, and I have been heard at the pianoforte-tuner's across the street, where the poor mistaken children have even supposed it to be pigeons cooing at a distance-and now to be told--." Here Camilla put her hand to her throat, and began to be quite chemical as to the formation of new combinations there.
Let us no less admire the candor with which they relinquished it, upon discovering its irremediable inefficacy. To found principles of government upon too advantageous an estimate of the human character is an error of inexperience, the source of which is so amiable that it is impossible to censure it with severity.
The Benghazi emails have all been unclassified of course, but they reveal one of the true secrets of American national-security policy -- which is its lumpy inefficacy. If I were the Russian or Chinese intelligence services trying to understand how America really works (or doesn't), I'd start here.
Traditional learning methods and their inefficacy in promoting language learning was one of the issues explored at the conference.
The fact that this remedy is only in case of legs proves its inefficacy but you can try it all the same, the next time you suffer a bout!
of Oslo, Norway) argues the inefficacy of imprisonment, first appeared in English in 1990.