effectual

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adjective ef·fec·tu·al \ i-ˈfek-chə(-wə)l , -chü(-ə)l ; -ˈfeksh-wəl \

Definition of effectual

:producing or able to produce a desired effect

effectuality

play \i-ˌfek-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē, -chü-ˈa-\ noun

effectualness

play \i-ˈfek-chə(-wə)l-nəs, -chü(-ə)l-; -ˈfeksh-wəl-\ noun

Examples of effectual in a Sentence

  1. acting like a jerk has generally not been a terribly effectual dating strategy

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First Known Use of effectual

14th century

Synonym Discussion of effectual

effective, effectual, efficient, efficacious mean producing or capable of producing a result. effective stresses the actual production of or the power to produce an effect.
    • an effective rebuttal
effectual suggests the accomplishment of a desired result especially as viewed after the fact.
    • the measures to stop the pilfering proved effectual
efficient suggests an acting or a potential for action or use in such a way as to avoid loss or waste of energy in effecting, producing, or functioning.
    • an efficient small car
efficacious suggests possession of a special quality or virtue that gives effective power.
    • a detergent that is efficacious in removing grease

EFFECTUAL Defined for English Language Learners

effectual

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Definition of effectual for English Language Learners

  • : producing a desired result or effect


EFFECTUAL Defined for Kids

effectual

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adjective ef·fec·tu·al \ i-ˈfek-chə-wəl \

Definition of effectual for Students

:producing or able to produce a desired effect
  • an effectual remedy

effectually

adverb


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