What is the opposite of effective?

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Opposite of having the power to produce a required effect
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“The snake oil sold to me was ineffective in relieving my pain.”
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Opposite of having a persuasive effect
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“The speaker's words were highly uncompelling in motivating the crowd to take action.”
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Opposite of in effect at the specified time
“The ban on flammable liquids will be rolled back next Monday.”
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Opposite of existing as fact without formal acknowledgment
“It was a hypothetical scenario and a figment of her imagination.”
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Opposite of describing someone who is highly useful or skilled at a particular task
“He was a highly incompetent programmer devoid of analytical skills.”
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Opposite of being in a healthy and functional state
“His faculties were still ailing after having endured multiple concussions during his sporting career.”
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(of a system) Opposite of capable of maximizing productivity at no expense of extra resources
“Procedures that were set up to expose and correct dishonesty were themselves blocked or shown to be inefficient.”
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Opposite of relating to things that can be perceived by the senses, as opposed to abstractions
“Their biological warfare capability is probably more of a theoretical idea than anything else.”
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Opposite of firm, strong, or substantial
“From years of decay, the columns holding the structure together appear to be fragile.”
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Opposite of denotes the effectiveness or dominance of a particular action
“Leaders who do not look after the interests of their followers are not only unethical but ineffective.”
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Opposite of still currently functioning or in operation
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Opposite of convincing or effective
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Opposite of vigorous and energetic
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Opposite of so nearly the case that it can be regarded as so
“Please be aware of what you need to do in the unlikely event of an emergency.”
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Opposite of having or showing the ability to speak fluently and coherently
“Howard tried to speak but all that came out was an inarticulate, squeaky gargle.”
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Opposite of cleverly simple and clear
“It was a bit of a messy explanation, but it helped soften some of the unintentional bite that came with the character.”
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Opposite of based on, or displaying, common sense
“Of course, the moment I got there it was clear that all my concerns were completely groundless.”
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Opposite of vigorously keen or severe in expression or style
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Opposite of fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing
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Opposite of almost or nearly as described, but not completely or according to strict definition
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Opposite of capable of working successfully
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Opposite of incapable of going wrong or being misused
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Opposite of effective or streamlined
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Opposite of grand and impressive in appearance
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Opposite of giving good value or return in relation to the money, time, or effort expended
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Opposite of concise and meaningful
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Opposite of certain to happen
“Failure is avoidable if you take the necessary precautions.”
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(general) Opposite of having favorable consequences
“Not properly disposing of plastics can be detrimental to the environment.”
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Opposite of legally binding due to having been executed in compliance with the law
“He's been detained in Japan since mid-July, when he was nabbed for traveling with an invalid passport.”
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Opposite of offering or producing the greatest advantage
“The worst thing you can do right now is to do nothing.”
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Opposite of enhancing someone's appearance
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