Marked by or inclined to waste; extravagant.
(comparative more wasteful, superlative most wasteful)
From waste +"Ž -ful.
- That it is a wasteful process to put nitrates and manure together on the land.
- Pitt's debts were the result of a wasteful indifference to his private affairs.
- Deville made many improvements, but the method remained wasteful and uneconomical, and in 1872 the metal cost 4s.
- Even when due allowance has been made for the financial disorder which the Convention inherited from previous assemblies, and for the war which it had to wage against a formidable alliance, it cannot be acquitted of reckless and wasteful maladministration.
- The American bale has been described in a standard American book on cotton as " the clumsiest, dirtiest, most expensive and most wasteful package, in which cotton or any other commodity of like value is anywhere put up."