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effectively

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adverb ef·fec·tive·ly \-lē\

Simple Definition of effectively

  • : in a way that produces a desired result : in an effective manner

  • : in an indirect way

Full Definition of effectively

  1. 1 :  in effect :  virtually <by withholding further funds they effectively killed the project>

  2. 2 :  in an effective manner <dealt with the problem effectively>

Examples of effectively

  1. Try to communicate your ideas more effectively.



Circa 1536

First Known Use of effectively

circa 1536



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