Imagination, "rebellion against fact," spirituality, a tendency to dream, unworldliness, the passionate love of beauty and charm, "ineffectualness" in the practical competitive life -- these, according to Matthew Arnold, when he came to lecture at
"ineffectualness" in common life, fell rather to my father's share than my uncle's; though my uncle's "worldliness," of which he was sometimes accused, if it ever existed, was never more than skin-deep.
Pretend cockiness is just another symptom of the ineffectualness of a man whose name the newspapers get wrong and whose advances the opposite sex finds all too easy to resist.
It is most often to impute naivete and ineffectualness, i.e. the term is used to infantilize its target.
What appears to me to be pathetic ineffectualness and indifference by the Indian government seems like a wise, sober, calculated response to Matt.