Usage examples for inefficiency

  1. This, together with the extreme inefficiency of the Spanish fleet, put an end to the hope of further French gains in the West Indies. – The Wars Between England and America by T. C. Smith
  2. In any case, Clive was a shrewd judge of men, and though very good to his subordinates, would never tolerate inefficiency – The Adventure of Living by John St. Loe Strachey
  3. Hated as he was for Vinius' crimes and despised for Laco's inefficiency between them Galba soon came to ruin. – Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
  4. They talk about the inefficiency of the army, he exclaimed, but I've been four years in two armies and I'll say that if what we've found out at Hickory Hill is a fair sample of civilian efficiency, I'll take the army way every time. – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  5. They felt chiefly degraded, not by her vulgarity, but by their inability to cope with it, and by the consequent sickening sense of animal inefficiency the block that was put to all imaginative delight in the golden hazy future they figured for themselves, and which was their wine of life. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  6. A little to the right of the woods, where, in winter, Bill, Joe, Lizzie, and I dragged our sleds and boards for the purpose of riding down- hill, was a merry, frolicking stream of water, over which, in times long gone, a sawmill had been erected; but owing to the inefficiency of its former owner, or something else, the mill had fallen into disuse, and gradually gone to decay. – Homestead on the Hillside by Mary Jane Holmes
  7. We have a memorable instance of the inefficiency of local descriptions in a very remarkable one by a writer of fine genius, composing with an extreme fondness of his subject, and curiously anxious to send down to posterity the most elaborate display of his own villa- this was the Laurentinum of Pliny. – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3) by Isaac Disraeli
  8. They laughed at his singular inefficiency in the multitudinous arts of the handy- man, proficiency in which is expected from the modern private, but they knew that he would go on till he dropped. – The Rough Road by William John Locke
  9. Hastily entering the room where he was concealed, she found him sorely discomfited by the untoward issue of his adventure, cursing the inefficiency of the ointment, the credulity of his friends, and his own want of forethought in not making an experiment with the ointment on some other person before he tried its effect on Carrizales. – The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  10. He pulled out a handkerchief and wiped his lip and forehead with evident inefficiency for the perspiration either remained or started afresh. – Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore
  11. The topic of their conversation was probably government inefficiency hard times, lack of work, and perhaps many an hour was spent in discussing capital and labor by those who have had no personal acquaintance with either. – See America First by Orville O. Hiestand
  12. Here was another instance of American good luck and Spanish inefficiency – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White
  13. So Jackson's escape from Winchester was not due simply to the inefficiency of the Federal generals, or to the ignorance of the Federal President. – Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War by G. F. R. Henderson
  14. It really settled the matter with the jury; and the worst was, the point was brought out through the inefficiency of his own counsel. – Bardell v. Pickwick by Percy Fitzgerald
  15. He had seen the post- cart come and go- for it came in and went out simultaneously at that out- of- the- way hamlet, where there was no one to write complainingly to the papers concerning the inefficiency of the mail service- and it was almost time for Harry to come and fetch him, as she had appointed. – Bred in the Bone by James Payn
  16. Adair shook his cane at Walker Jamieson who was grinning broadly at the spectacle of the old man fuming and sputtering now, not at his own negligence, but at the inefficiency of a government that would allow such things to happen. – Nan Sherwood on the Mexican Border by Annie Roe Carr
  17. This punishment " is usually the consequence of mental inefficiency rather than moral obliquity, and does not hinder the student so dismissed from entering at another college or at Cambridge." – A Collection of College Words and Customs by Benjamin Homer Hall
  18. The defeated troops followed what had now become their regular custom, and threw the blame not on their own inefficiency but on their commanding- officer's bad faith. – Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
  19. In view of the existing political situation, and the known inefficiency of the Spanish in sea fighting, Jervis decided to attack. – A History of Sea Power by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
  20. He severely upbraided Jim for his inefficiency as instructor. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman