ef·​fec·​tive·​ly | \i-ˈfek-tiv-lē, e-, ē-, ə-\

Definition of effectively 

1 : in an effective manner dealt with the problem effectively

2 : in effect : virtually by withholding further funds they effectively killed the project

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The opposite is true, however, for a structure dubbed the Star, in which fitter mutations spread more effectively. John Rennie, WIRED, "This Mutation Math Shows How Life Keeps on Evolving," 1 July 2018 Attorney Carrie Goldberg, who’d been leading lobbying efforts for the bill, was livid that senators went home without even taking a vote, effectively killing the legislation until next year. Fox News, "New York's revenge-porn bill dies after 11th-hour campaign by Google," 21 June 2018 Local historic preservationists obtained national landmark status for the theater in 1996, a step that effectively killed any move toward demolition or radical changes to the theater. Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Steve Karo, who led the effort to save Balboa Theatre, dies at 75," 21 June 2018 Some of its past efforts have shown how quickly and effectively foreign companies have been hurt. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "How China Can Retaliate Beyond Tariffs," 19 June 2018 The ball traveled 101 mph, extinguished the Royals’ tenuous one-run lead and effectively killed hopes of a comeback in what became a 7-3 loss to open a three-game set against the defending World Series champions. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Jakob Junis allows three homers for second start in a row as Royals lose to Astros," 15 June 2018 The museum disputed the assertion, but last year the governments ended the decades-old contract, effectively killing the fair train, and announced the trail plan. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Feds give go-ahead to Nickel Plate greenway in Hamilton County," 1 June 2018 The plan outlines an ambitious free-trade area between the U.K. and the EU after Brexit, effectively committing the U.K. to mirroring EU product regulations to preserve cross-border trade in goods, while seeking a freer hand on services. Jenny Gross, WSJ, "Trump Says May’s Brexit Plan Could ‘Kill’ Chances of U.S.-U.K. Trade Deal," 13 July 2018 The suits simply make the wearer hot and sweaty and do not effectively help them lose weight. USA TODAY, "The biggest exercise fad the year you were born," 12 July 2018

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1652, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of effectively

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

: in an indirect way

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