af·​fec·​tu·​al ˈa-ˌfek-chə(-wə)l How to pronounce affectual (audio)
: relating to, arising from, or influencing feelings or emotions : affective, emotional
When exposed to situations which touch upon unconscious conflict he … has little adaptive capacity. Seemingly minor stresses produce massive affectual responses usually in the form of depression.Seymour L. Halleck, New York Times, 12 May 1967

Word History


affect entry 1 + -ual (in effectual)

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of affectual was in 1604

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“Affectual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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