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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Netanyahu's high-powered legal team has sought to delay the hearing and with it the legal process, which could give the long-time Israeli leader enough time to pass an immunity law in the Knesset, effectively shielding him from prosecution. Mike Schwartz, CNN, "Sara Netanyahu convicted of misusing public funds," 16 June 2019 Juneteenth, a portmanteau of the date June 19, recognizes the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865, effectively ending the practice in the United States. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Juneteenth a reason to celebrate in Orlando and Kissimmee," 12 June 2019 Fifty years ago this July, the United States put a man on the moon, effectively ending the Space Race and owning one of the most historic events in human history. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Lunar Module That's Been Floating Through Space for 50 Years May Have Been Found," 11 June 2019 That move effectively ended the joint defense agreement that the lawyers had operated under for months and that had allowed them to share information about the investigation. New York Times, "Trump Lawyer’s Message Was a Clue for Mueller, Who Set It Aside," 9 June 2019 The Hemons were fortunate to get the last train out of Sarajevo when the war started, and to then win asylum in Canada, but their lives effectively ended when their country ceased to exist. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "Aleksandar Hemon’s Lost Eden," 6 June 2019 The latest liberal policy idea would effectively end all private health care for many Americans. Chris Jacobs, WSJ, "This New Democratic Plan Would Ban Private Medicine," 12 May 2019 Church estimates such an effort would effectively end some 7,000 genetic diseases, from sickle cell anemia to cystic fibrosis. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "George Church Wants to Make Genetic Matchmaking a Reality," 15 Apr. 2019 After watching it, Tati Westbrook and Jeffree Star have issued statements effectively ending the feud. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Tati Westbrook And Jeffree Star Are Both Bowing Out of the Drama, Following James Charles Video," 20 May 2019

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First Known Use of effectively

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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