[ weyst-fuh l ]
/ ˈweɪst fəl /
given to or characterized by useless consumption or expenditure: wasteful methods; a wasteful way of life.
grossly extravagant; prodigal: a wasteful party.
devastating or destructive: wasteful war.
Words nearby wasteful
Origin of wasteful
word dating back to
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OTHER WORDS FROM wasteful
waste·ful·ly, adverbwaste·ful·ness, nounun·waste·ful, adjectiveun·waste·ful·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for wasteful
Two-thirds agree that “government is usually inefficient and wasteful.”
Though with budget cuts now looming, Congress is trying to gut some of those benefits while wasteful programs go untouched.
The most interesting part of eccentricity may be just how wasteful it usually is.
If those 3s turn into 2’s and 1’s, then it will be clear that this whole program was a giant, wasteful mess.
In search of wasteful government spending, Eric Cantor sets his pants on fire.
The first period resulted in a good deal of wasteful effort on both sides.
The vexatious and wasteful conflict between naturalism and humanism is terminated.
In that wasteful day a timber-claim was not looked upon as valuable.
The tax-exempt organizations have a vested interest in the oppressive, inequitable, and wasteful federal-income-tax system.
To my mind, in the wasteful and blighting influences of slave labor there is a solemn and warning moral.
British Dictionary definitions for wasteful
tending to waste or squander; extravagant
causing waste, destruction, or devastation
Derived forms of wasteful
wastefully, adverbwastefulness, noun
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