ef·​fec·​tive·​ly | \ i-ˈfek-tiv-lē How to pronounce effectively (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web Founded in 2013, Oyo is effectively a hotel franchise. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "This Indian budget hotel chain is being called the next WeWork," 19 Feb. 2020 After a double, the reliever’s day was done and effectively, so too was Oregon’s in what turned into an 8-5 loss to Pepperdine Sunday at the Angels College Classic in Tempe, Ariz. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Christian Ciuffetelli blows save, Oregon Ducks baseball falls to Pepperdine," 17 Feb. 2020 Global markets are already fleeing to the safety of U.S. Treasuries, which is effectively a cry for the U.S. government to do a lot more deficit spending. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, "The coronavirus is hitting the Chinese economy at the worst time," 12 Feb. 2020 But Andrew Beck, a senior trial attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, told the judges the law would effectively ban some abortions because of its requirement that physicians induce fetal demise prior to the procedure. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky abortion law ruled 'unconstitutional' is back in federal court," 29 Jan. 2020 Tactical rimfire nuts and shooters in places like the U.K. and New Zealand, where centerfire is effectively banned, are pretty excited for this one. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, "First Look: The KRISS Vector22 CRB," 23 Jan. 2020 But Newsom also told the Fresno Bee that Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly was effectively his homelessness czar. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, "Five quintessentially Newsom moments from the governor’s news conference," 10 Jan. 2020 The latest ruler in the Achaemenian dynasty, Cyrus inherited a kingdom that was effectively a vassal state of the more powerful Median empire to the north. National Geographic, "History's first superpower sprang from ancient Iran," 6 Jan. 2020 Now the House’s leaders are mulling an unprecedented next step: withholding those articles from the Senate—and effectively blocking the president’s trial there—as leverage in negotiations over the rules for that trial. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Don’t Withhold the Articles of Impeachment," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of effectively

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Effectively.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effectively. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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