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in effect

Definition of in effect

  1. —used to say that one thing has the same effect or result as something else <The suggestion was in effect an order.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  purport, intent

    :  basic meaning :  essence

    :  something that inevitably follows an antecedent (as a cause or agent)

  1. :  to cause to come into being

    :  to bring about often by surmounting obstacles :  accomplish

    :  to put into operation

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