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 The new format will not incentivize moderation in what is effectively a blue state, since only the most dedicated party activists are likely to jump through the hoops necessary to vote. BostonGlobe.com, "‘Do you have to go a little crazy to stop the ones that are crazier?’ Virginia’s governor’s race is a window into the GOP’s turmoil," 9 Apr. 2021 High-flow oxygen, sent through the nose, is effectively the only stabilizing treatment that EMTs can administer to people infected with the coronavirus. ProPublica, "Protect Independent Journalism," 9 Apr. 2021 The government of Ireland, was effectively, if not quite legally, handed over to a National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Why Ireland Has the Most Miserable Lockdown in the Western World," 7 Apr. 2021 Their relationships with big pharma, critical insight into the acquisition process, and decades of experience are effectively like having a map of the mines to plot a safe path across where everyone can share gold. Brant Pinvidic, Forbes, "How To Find The Right Partner," 5 Apr. 2021 Carmel players, in a game that was effectively over in the third quarter of a 63-49 victory, ran off the floor together with confidence, heads high. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Class 4A state final preview: MIC rivals Carmel and Lawrence North meet for state title," 2 Apr. 2021 The chatter is so essential to the experience of watching a stream that Twitch is effectively a social media platform, built on the connections that viewers form with streamers and each other in its chaotic comment sections. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "Amazon has built an unbreakable monopoly in video game streaming," 28 Mar. 2021 If the content of the report could overcome the privilege, there is effectively no privilege. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, "Strictly Legal: Sexual assault victim survives libel suit," 25 Mar. 2021 Our guards couldn't effectively get by their guards. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "McKinley Wright, Colorado surge past Arizona State in Pac-12 play," 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of effectively

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of effectively was in 1652

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18 Apr 2021

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“Effectively.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effectively. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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