From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwastefulwaste‧ful /ˈweɪstfəl/ ●○○ adjective 🔊 🔊 WASTE somethingusing more of something than you should, especially money, time, or effort opp economical 🔊 a wasteful use of resourceswasteful of 🔊 The software is very wasteful of memory. —wastefully adverb 🔊 Lily had wastefully left the light on. —wastefulness noun [uncountable]
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wasteful• The confusioncreated by this can be very wasteful.• Do not make unnecessarily long calls as they are wasteful.• Many people see the new £60 million building as wasteful and extravagant.• The ability to produce in greater quantities made this system wasteful and it has given way to a more scientific process.• Pemex has long been considered one of the hemisphere's most wasteful, bloated companies.• There also might be wastefulcompetition as many variations of a good are offered.• Tell us how wasteful government will not limit our futures and the futures of our children.• wastefulpackaging• Esther believed it was a filthyhabit not to change towels often, and Robert believed it was wasteful to do so.• That's so wasteful to throw away a cleansheet of paper.• It's ... it's ... wasteful you know, so wasteful.From Longman Business Dictionarywastefulwaste‧ful /ˈweɪstfəl/ adjectiveusing things such as money, materials or energy in a way that is not sensible or effectiveLocal government is seen as wasteful, and incompetent.