What does wasteful mean?

wasteful meaning in General Dictionary

looking after squander and waste

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  • inefficient in use of the time and effort and products
  • laying waste
  • filled with waste destructive to home ruinous as wasteful practices or neglect wasteful expenses
  • saturated in waste; destructive to home; ruinous; because, wasteful practices or negligence; wasteful expenditures.
  • Expending, or looking after expend, home, or that which is important, in a needless or ineffective way; magnificent; prodigal; because, a wasteful person; a wasteful disposition.
  • spend; desolate; unoccupied; untilled.

wasteful meaning in Etymology Dictionary

very early 14c., "destructive," from waste (letter.) + -ful. Meaning "lavish" is from mid-15c. Associated: Wastefully; wastefulness.


wasteful meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) filled with waste; destructive to home; ruinous; because, wasteful practices or negligence; wasteful costs.

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  • (a.) Expending, or looking after expend, property, or whatever is important, in a needless or worthless way; magnificent; prodigal; because, a wasteful individual; a wasteful disposition.
  • (a.) Waste; desolate; unoccupied; untilled.

Sentence Examples with the word wasteful

The mind will pursue knowledge without the wasteful jar and friction of conflicting methods and mutually hostile conceptions; education will be regenerated; and society will reorganize itself on the only possible solid base - a homogeneous philosophy.

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