Usage examples for inefficacy

  1. There needed no second look to assure Ludlow of the inefficacy of further pursuit, since the sea was already ruffled by the breeze which had so opportunely come to aid the smuggler. – The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas by James Fenimore Cooper
  2. The constitution recommended, in all respects, takes its rise where it ought, from the people; its President, Senate, and House of Representatives, are sufficient and wholesome checks on each other, and at proper periods are dissolved again into the common mass of the people: longer periods would probably have produced danger; shorter, tumult, instability and inefficacy – Essays on the Constitution of the United States by Paul Leicester Ford
  3. If the disgusting detail of the accumulated insults we have received, in what we have very properly called our " solicitation" to a gang of felons and murderers, had been produced as a proof of the utter inefficacy of that mode of proceeding with that description of persons, I should have nothing at all to object to it. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  4. This bland acceptance of the meaninglessness and the inefficacy of beauty is habitual to most young professionals who wield pen or pencil. – Personality in Literature by Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
  5. They have, indeed, with all other Italian Princes, suffered territorial and pecuniary losses; but these were not yielded through cowardice or treachery, but enforced by an absolute necessity, the consequence of the desertion or inefficacy of allies. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  6. He seems almost to have been sent into the world to prove the inefficacy of human reason to effect human happiness. – La Vendée An Historical Romance by Anthony Trollope
  7. But the Death of a Multitude of those who have been bitten, notwithstanding their taking the greatest Part of all these boasted Antidotes; and the Certainty of no one's escaping, who had been attacked with the high raging Symptom, the Hydrophobia, have demonstrated the Inefficacy of them all, to all Europe. – Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
  8. This opinion as to the inefficacy of bomb- firing to destroy a work anticipated the experience of the Civil War, where the conclusion was that it might wear out the endurance of the garrison by constant harassment, but not directly reduce the works themselves. – Admiral Farragut by A. T. Mahan
  9. The French passengers smiled derisively at the inefficacy or rather total absence of any system of embarkation of passengers, and the Americans opened their eyes! – From Edinburgh to India & Burmah by William G. Burn Murdoch
  10. But this faith of mine in an ideal and lasting union does not lessen at all my scepticism in the moral inefficacy of our present marriage system. – The Truth About Woman by C. Gasquoine Hartley
  11. The Indians, seeing the inefficacy of resistance, submitted to the yoke. – The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Vol. II) by Washington Irving
  12. These instructions were not carried out; at best such a scheme would have been insufficient for the purpose; subsequent experience in the case of the Clergy Reserves proved the inefficacy of such an appropriation. – McGill and its Story, 1821-1921 by Cyrus Macmillan
  13. Beccaria, and other writers on crimes and punishments, had satisfied the reasonable world of the unrightfulness and inefficacy of the punishment of crimes by death; and hard labor on roads, canals, and other public works, had been suggested as a proper substitute. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  14. To give a pastor the direction of parishioners established within an enormous radius of his parish house, was to condemn his ministry in advance to inefficacy – The Makers of Canada: Bishop Laval by A. Leblond de Brumath
  15. When speaking of the inefficacy of the religious practices of the Hindoos I mentioned as an example the repetition of the name of Ram. – Life of Henry Martyn, Missionary to India and Persia, 1781 to 1812 by Sarah J. Rhea
  16. " Without expecting any thanks, or anything of the sort," resumed Camilla, " I have remained in that state, hours and hours, and Raymond is a witness of the extent to which I have choked, and what the total inefficacy of ginger has been, and I have been heard at the piano- forte tuner's across the street, where the poor mistaken children have even supposed it to be pigeons cooing at a distance,- and now to be told-" Here Camilla put her hand to her throat, and began to be quite chemical as to the formation of new combinations there. – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  17. There was an instant of silence between them- the kind of silence that can shape itself into a commentary upon the inefficacy of mere speech- a widening silence which, as they sat there facing, deepened until, when she finally spoke, it was as if her words were pebbles dropping down into a well. – Gaslight Sonatas by Fannie Hurst