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English definition of “wasteful”

wasteful

adjective     /ˈweɪstfəl/
not being careful about the amount of resources used for something: Top business advisers have been brought in to identify areas of wasteful government spending .
(Definition of wasteful adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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