ef·​fort·​ful | \ ˈe-fərt-fəl How to pronounce effortful (audio) \

Definition of effortful

: showing or requiring effort

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Other Words from effortful

effortfully \ ˈe-​fərt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce effortful (audio) \ adverb
effortfulness \ ˈe-​fərt-​fəl-​nəs How to pronounce effortful (audio) \ noun

Examples of effortful in a Sentence

the book's abstruse subject matter and dense prose make for effortful reading
Recent Examples on the Web By making the cancellation process effortful and employing a human negotiator, these companies can, indeed reduce churn. Roger Dooley, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Neuromuscular fatigue can occur when nerves in the brain and spinal cord damaged in MS short circuit causing tasks of daily living such as walking or standing for an extended period to become increasingly effortful and disabling. Gus Alexiou, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Any of these types of fatigue tends to magnify how effortful tasks feel, Pychyl says. Sarah Digiulio, Good Housekeeping, 5 June 2021 The more difficult or effortful something is, the less likely people are to do that. Roger Dooley, Forbes, 10 May 2021 According to the researchers, their findings suggest that subtractive strategies require more effort to come up with than additive strategies, which explained why participants took a less effortful approach to problem solving. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2021 For the first time since van den Brand began her experiments, the rat moved one of its back legs on its own—a small, effortful step. Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, 31 May 2012 There are other passages where the prose feels clunky and effortful, and some readers may feel that the author drops the proverbial stitch in the delicate work of storytelling in favor of addressing historical, social and political issues. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2021 In the fifties, the United States already had a pocket of conceptual art, but the star painters were the Abstract Expressionists, above all Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, with their effortful drips and impastos. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of effortful

circa 1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of effortful was circa 1895

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“Effortful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effortful. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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