Inefficient vs Ineffectual - What's the difference?

inefficient | ineffectual |


As adjectives the difference between inefficient and ineffectual

is that inefficient is inefficient while ineffectual is unable or insufficient to produce effect; futile.

inefficient

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Not efficient; not producing the effect intended or desired; inefficacious; as, inefficient means or measures.
  • Celery is an inefficient food.
  • Incapable of, or indisposed to, effective action; habitually slack or remiss; effecting little or nothing; as, inefficient workers; an inefficient administrator.
  • Jessica was terribly inefficient at cleaning, so her brother usually had to clean the whole room.

    Antonyms

    * efficient

    ineffectual

    English

    Alternative forms

    * ineffectuall (obsolete)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • unable or insufficient to produce effect; futile
  • After several ineffectual and abortive leaps, we were forced to lift him over the obstacle.
  • worthless
  • weak; lacking forcefulness
  • Our group leader proved highly ineffectual , caving to every whim put forth by the other members.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Antonyms

    * effectual