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efficiency

ef·fi·cien·cy

efficiency

 
 
pronunciation:
ih fI shn si
features:
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part of speech: noun
inflections: efficiencies
definition 1: the state of being efficient.
antonyms:
inefficiency
similar words:
expedition
definition 2: the quick, accurate performance of a task, or the ability to so perform.
I admire the efficiency of the cashiers at the grocery store.
antonyms:
inefficiency
similar words:
expedition
definition 3: of a machine or other physical system, the ratio of energy produced to energy supplied, usu. expressed as a percentage.
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The word efficiency contains the following part:
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.