wastefulness

Wastefulness is a habit of using things carelessly or recklessly. To combat wastefulness in the cafeteria, your environmental club might develop a proposal for composting uneaten food and reducing the use of paper napkins.

Wastefulness takes many forms, from leaving the sink on while you slowly brush your teeth (which wastes water) to lounging for hours in front of a mindless TV show you don't even enjoy (which wastes your valuable time). There's also the wastefulness of a company overpaying for office supplies, or the extravagant wastefulness of a lavish party with ice sculptures, chocolate fountains, and piles of expensive food.

Definitions of wastefulness
  1. noun
    the trait of wasting resources
    “the wastefulness of missed opportunities”
    synonyms: thriftlessness, waste
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    type of:
    improvidence, shortsightedness
    a lack of prudence and care by someone in the management of resources
  2. noun
    useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly
    synonyms: dissipation, waste
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    boondoggle
    work of little or no value done merely to look busy
    waste of effort, waste of energy
    a useless effort
    waste of material
    a useless consumption of material
    waste of money
    money spent for inadequate return
    waste of time
    the devotion of time to a useless activity
    extravagance, high life, highlife, lavishness, prodigality
    excessive spending
    squandering
    spending resources lavishly and wastefully
    squandermania
    prodigious squandering (usually by a government)
    type of:
    activity
    any specific behavior
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