ef·​fort·​ful ˈe-fərt-fəl How to pronounce effortful (audio)
: showing or requiring effort
effortfully adverb
effortfulness 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 That effortful confidence carried over into politics. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2024 This is a significantly less effortful experience if a shopper has more than a few items. Roger Dooley, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 In contrast, System 2 involves more deliberate, effortful, and analytical thinking. Bryce Hoffman, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 The whole thing is effortful, with a potential for embarrassment. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 No technology can substitute for the human labor — effortful, embodied, attentive — to really make something last. Carina Del Valle Schorske, New York Times, 23 Aug. 2023 The other digression follows Joe Clayton, a discontented ranch hand, and his effortful rise to directorial stardom in early Hollywood. Sam Thielman, The New Yorker, 21 July 2023 Bailey is suitably bumptious but effortful as Harry, but the drama suffers most with the underwritten and over-emoting Holly and Anna. David Benedict, Variety, 20 June 2023 Despite that, and a series of effortful numbers Genao sings bravely, her story, which is almost entirely internal, recedes. Jesse Green, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 17 Apr. 2024.

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