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[in-i-fish-uh nt] /ˌɪn ɪˈfɪʃ ənt/

not ; unable to effect or achieve the desired result with reasonable economy of means.
lacking in ability, incompetent.
unable to perform a task or function to the best advantage; wasteful or incompetent
unable to produce the desired result

1750, “not producing the desired effect,” from in- (1) “not, opposite of” + efficient. Related: Inefficiency (1749); inefficiently.


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