ef·​fec·​tive·​ly i-ˈfek-tiv-lē How to pronounce effectively (audio)
: in an effective manner
dealt with the problem effectively
: in effect : virtually
by withholding further funds they effectively killed the project

Examples of effectively in a Sentence

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Recent Examples on the Web However, as the services are allowed to utilize rings, prayers and priestly blessings, many are concerned the accommodations have effectively overruled this marital doctrine. Timothy H.j. Nerozzi Fox News, Fox News, 17 Nov. 2023 Now, 2024 primary challenges backed by pro-Israel forces differ in this respect, effectively amounting to opposition from the center-left of the party instead of the left. Geoffrey Skelley, ABC News, 17 Nov. 2023 That has effectively transformed spending debates in the House into amendment free-for-alls in which Republicans routinely offer their most extreme and parochial proposals. Robert Jimison, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Some analysts even said after USC lost to Utah that Williams should sit out the rest of the season because the second loss effectively knocked the Trojans out of the national championship picture. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 In practice today, the flag is effectively prohibited, because it can be confiscated, and the flying of it can be penalized under Israeli public safety ordinances. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 Under the partnership, Amazon will effectively serve as the middleman between the buyer and the dealership, as car manufacturers are limited or prohibited from selling vehicles directly to consumers in nearly all 50 states. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 16 Nov. 2023 The vast seas of Styrofoam suggest the makings of a theme park attraction rather than a whimsically Seussian environment, while its inhabitants are effectively lost under their latex appliances. Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2023 His approach, which the Senate is expected to approve by week's end, effectively pushes a final showdown over government funding to the new year. Compiled Bydemocrat-Gazette Stafffrom Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 15 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of effectively was in 1652

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“Effectively.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effectively. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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