Definition of 'wasteful'
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Thus hotels and clubs which made wasteful use of expensive and rare foods could be traced on their own returns, and measures taken accordingly. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Is not this a wasteful use of the spectrum? Times, Sunday Times (2009)But it has grown wasteful in its use of public money. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Other charities spend far too much on salaries for their chiefs and wasteful bureaucracy. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Things might have been less convenient but they were definitely less wasteful. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Well, it looks as though a little wasteful duplication was a price worth paying. Times, Sunday Times (2006)But wouldn't that be another wasteful bureaucracy? Times, Sunday Times (2015)The catalogue of wasteful, ineffective programmes is almost endless. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Our finishing was a bit wasteful at times but you can't complain. Times, Sunday Times (2011)He was wasteful at times when the Hammers most needed him to deliver the goods. The Sun (2010)Which is the more wasteful, the less worthwhile? ONE HUNDRED DAYS (2003)Apple trees are grown from twigs, which is less wasteful. The Treasure Seekers (1899)There's less wasteful packaging and you can be much more confident about where your food has come from. Times, Sunday Times (2013)He has so many important things to say about the diminishing natural world, made more meaningful in these wasteful times. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Failing to do so is to treat our planet with contempt and ignore the public demand for a fairer, less wasteful system. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Second, don't splurge money on a wasteful stimulus package. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The only time Dad gets angry with us is if we're wasteful. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He said: 'The process seems wasteful. Times, Sunday Times (2009)A little wasteful at times. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Once she read up about the dangers of plastic, packaging and wasteful energy usage, it hit her hard. Times, Sunday Times (2013)If we want seriously to move towards a cleaner and less wasteful world in 2015, we must sharpen our focus. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The UK had an age of excess, with much wasteful public spending and too much personal borrowing. Times, Sunday Times (2013)At a time when the Government is cutting police budgets, it is a misuse of public funds to persist with ineffective and wasteful drug enforcement. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Lost animals are thus wasteful of both money and opportunity - more persuasive arguments with most of us than humane ones based on the animals' pain. Into Africa - a social history of the East African Safari (1989)Using greener energy sources is one answer: and using that energy in a less wasteful, more economical way is the other half of the picture. Times, Sunday Times (2008)
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Translations for 'wasteful'
British English: wasteful ADJECTIVE
Action that is wasteful uses too much of something valuable such as time, money, or energy.
This kind of training is ineffective, and wasteful of scarce resources.
Definition of wasteful from the Collins English Dictionary
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