1. useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly

if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste


mindless dissipation of natural resources

Syn: ↑waste, ↑dissipation
Derivationally related forms: ↑dissipate (for: ↑dissipation), ↑wasteful, ↑waste (for: ↑waste)
Hypernyms: ↑activity
2. the trait of wasting resources

a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste


the wastefulness of missed opportunities

Syn: ↑thriftlessness, ↑waste
Derivationally related forms: ↑wasteful, ↑waste (for: ↑waste), ↑thriftless (for: ↑thriftlessness)
Hypernyms: ↑improvidence, ↑shortsightedness

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