Synonyms of ineffective
1 unproductiveDictionary • Reform will continue to be painful and ineffective.
unproductive • They are aware much of their time and effort is unproductive.
useless • He realised that their money was useless in this country.
futile • a futile attempt to ward off the blow
vain • They worked all night in a vain attempt to finish on schedule.
unsuccessful • a second unsuccessful operation on his knee
pointless • Violence is always pointless.
fruitless • It was a fruitless search.
to no avail
ineffectual • the well-meaning but ineffectual jobs programs of the past
unprofitable • an endless, unprofitable argument
to no effect
unavailing • a brave but unavailing fight against a terminal illness
unfruitful • an unfruitful area of conjecture
profitless • a singularly profitless line of thought
2 inefficientDictionary • They are burdened with an ineffective leader.
inefficient • Some people are very inefficient workers.
inadequate • She felt quite painfully inadequate in the crisis.
useless (informal) • He was useless at any game with a ball.
poor • The wine is very poor.
weak • a weak man who let his wife walk all over him
pathetic • That's the most pathetic excuse I've ever heard.
powerless • His leg muscles were powerless with lack of use.
unfit • They were utterly unfit to govern America.
feeble • He said the Government had been feeble.
worthless • Training is worthless unless there is proof that it works.
impotent • Bullies leave people feeling hurt, angry and impotent.
ineffectual • The mayor had become ineffectual in the war against drugs.
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bootlessof little or no use; vain; fruitless
feebleIf you describe someone as feeble, you are criticizing them because they are afraid of taking strong action or seem to make no effort.
• He said the Government had been feeble.
fruitlessFruitless actions, events, or efforts do not achieve anything at all.
• It was a fruitless search.
Thesaurus for ineffective from the Collins English Thesaurus