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effectual

adjective ef·fec·tu·al \i-ˈfek-chə(-wə)l, -chü(-ə)l; -ˈfeksh-wəl\

: producing a desired result or effect

Full Definition of EFFECTUAL

:  producing or able to produce a desired effect
ef·fec·tu·al·i·ty \-ˌfek-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē, -chü-ˈa-\ noun
ef·fec·tu·al·ness \-ˈfek-chə(-wə)l-nəs, -chü(-ə)l-; -ˈfeksh-wəl-\ noun
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Examples of EFFECTUAL

  1. <acting like a jerk has generally not been a terribly effectual dating strategy>

First Known Use of EFFECTUAL

14th century

Synonym Discussion of EFFECTUAL

effective, effectual, efficient, efficacious mean producing or capable of producing a result. effective stresses the actual production of or the power to produce an effect <an effective rebuttal>. effectual suggests the accomplishment of a desired result especially as viewed after the fact <the measures to stop the pilfering proved effectual>. efficient suggests an acting or a potential for action or use in such a way as to avoid loss or waste of energy in effecting, producing, or functioning <an efficient small car>. efficacious suggests possession of a special quality or virtue that gives effective power <a detergent that is efficacious in removing grease>.
EFFECTUAL Defined for Kids

effectual

adjective ef·fec·tu·al \i-ˈfek-chə-wəl\

Definition of EFFECTUAL for Kids

:  producing or able to produce a desired effect <an effectual remedy>
ef·fec·tu·al·ly adverb

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