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Meaning of WASTEFUL

Pronunciation:  'weystful

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  1. [adj]  laying waste; "when wasteful war shall statues overturn"- Shakespeare
  2. [adj]  inefficient in use of time and effort and materials; "a clumsy and wasteful process"; "wasteful duplication of effort"; "uneconomical ebb and flow of power"
  3. [adj]  tending to squander and waste
 Synonyms: destructive, extravagant, inefficient, pound-foolish, prodigal, profligate, spendthrift, uneconomic, uneconomical
 Antonyms: thrifty
 See Also: improvident



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Waste"ful\, a.
1. Full of waste; destructive to property; ruinous; as,
   wasteful practices or negligence; wasteful expenses.

2. Expending, or tending to expend, property, or that which
   is valuable, in a needless or useless manner; lavish;
   prodigal; as, a wasteful person; a wasteful disposition.

3. Waste; desolate; unoccupied; untilled. [Obs.]

         In wilderness and wasteful desert strayed.

Syn: Lavish; profuse; prodigal; extravagant. --
     {Waste"ful*ly}, adv. -- {Waste"ful*ness}, n.