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English definition of “wasteful”

wasteful

adjective uk   /ˈweɪst.fəl/ disapproving us  
using something in a careless way and causing some of it to be wasted: It's wasteful the way you throw so much food away!Wasting
wastefully
adverb uk   /-i/ disapproving us  
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