adjective af·fec·tu·al \ˈa-ˌfek-chə(-wə)l, -chü(-ə)l; -ˌfek-shwəl\

Definition of affectual

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of affectual

1affect + -ual (in effectual)

First Known Use: 1604

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to criticize severely

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