Thorough vs Efficient - What's the difference?

thorough | efficient |


As adjectives the difference between thorough and efficient

is that thorough is painstaking and careful not to miss or omit any detail while efficient is making good, thorough, or careful use of resources; not consuming extra especially, making good use of time or energy.

As a preposition thorough

is (obsolete) through.

As a noun thorough

is (uk|dialect) a furrow between two ridges, to drain off the surface water.

thorough

English

Etymology 1

(etyl) .

Alternative forms

* thoro

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • painstaking and careful not to miss or omit any detail
  • The Prime Minister announced a thorough investigation into the death of a father of two in police custody.
    He is the most thorough worker I have ever seen.
    The infested house needs a thorough cleansing before it will be inhabitable.
  • utter; complete; absolute
  • It is a thorough pleasure to see him beg for mercy.
    Derived terms
    * thoroughbred * thoroughgoing * thoroughly

    Etymology 2

    A disyllabic form of (etyl) .

    Preposition

    (English prepositions)
  • (obsolete) Through.
  • * , II.xii:
  • Ye might haue seene the frothy billowes fry / Vnder the ship, as thorough them she went [...].
  • * 1599 , , V. i. 109:
  • You are contented to be led in triumph / Thorough the streets of Rome?

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (UK, dialect) A furrow between two ridges, to drain off the surface water.
  • (Halliwell)

    efficient

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Making good, thorough, or careful use of resources; not consuming extra. Especially, making good use of time or energy.
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  • Using a particular proportion of available energy.
  • Causing effects; producing results.
  • * Wilson
  • The efficient cause is the working cause.

    Antonyms

    * inefficient

    Derived terms

    * efficient cause * subefficient

    References

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