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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [weyst-fuh l]
    • /ˈweɪst fəl/
    • /ˈweɪstfəlnəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [weyst-fuh l]
    • /ˈweɪst fəl/

Definitions of wastefulness word

  • adjective wastefulness given to or characterized by useless consumption or expenditure: wasteful methods; a wasteful way of life. 1
  • adjective wastefulness grossly extravagant; prodigal: a wasteful party. 1
  • adjective wastefulness devastating or destructive: wasteful war. 1
  • noun wastefulness inefficiency 1
  • noun wastefulness misuse of resources 1

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Origin of wastefulness

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at waste, -ful

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Parts of speech for Wastefulness


wastefulness popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 81% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

wastefulness usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wastefulness

noun wastefulness

  • byproduct — A byproduct is something that is produced during the manufacture or processing of another product.
  • icing on the cake — a sweet mixture, cooked or uncooked, for coating or filling cakes, cookies, and the like; icing.
  • immoderation — lack of moderation.
  • improvidence — not provident; lacking foresight; incautious; unwary.
  • inefficiency — the quality or condition of being inefficient; lack of efficiency.

Antonyms for wastefulness

noun wastefulness

  • frugality — the quality of being frugal, or prudent in saving; the lack of wastefulness: Many people who have lived through periods of economic deprivation develop lifelong habits of frugality and are almost never tempted by wasteful consumption.
  • miserliness — of, like, or befitting a miser; penurious; stingy; niggardly.
  • forehandedness — Quality of being forehanded.
  • niggardliness — The state of being niggardly.

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