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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This long payback period was due to Walker and Republicans effectively cutting the state’s corporate income tax for manufacturers to zero in 2011. Bruce Murphy, The Verge, "Wisconsin’s $4.1 billion Foxconn boondoggle," 29 Oct. 2018 Since Qatar is already effectively cut off from Saudi Arabia, the canal project looks more like political posturing than actual infrastructure. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This New Canal Would Turn Qatar into an Island," 17 Sep. 2018 In 2017, popular social-media services like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter stopped sending their data to Geofeedia, effectively cutting off law-enforcement from this kind of monitoring. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "What the Capital Gazette Shooting Reveals About Face Recognition," 29 June 2018 Super-high-res video screens are suspended on both sides of a giant cage extending the length of the runway, effectively cutting the room in half. Kenneth Partridge, Billboard, "U2 Brings Experience + Innocence to New York's Madison Square Garden," 26 June 2018 In a taped interview played for jurors last week, Vaughn is heard asking whether his consecutive sentences can be made concurrent, effectively cutting his incarceration in half. Christian Boone, ajc, "Old doubts quashed, new ones raised as cold case killing goes to jury," 25 June 2018 An investor who puts $100 into an S&P 500 fund today is effectively putting about $3.70 into Microsoft and 3 cents into Campbell Soup, even if that investor thinks Campbell looks like a better buy. Stan Choe, The Seattle Times, "40 years after his “folly,” Bogle’s index funds reign," 23 Jan. 2019 In testing, this is a hot little chip that needs a lot of cooling to work effectively. Richard Baguley, Ars Technica, "Review: Intel’s 9th Gen Core i9 9900K processor hits 5GHz—just at a price," 17 Nov. 2018 The living room gets the same sliding door treatment, effectively merging the patio with the interior. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern home offers understated indoor-outdoor living," 26 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of effectively

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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