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 effortfully (audio) \ adverb
effortfulness \ ˈe-​fərt-​fəl-​nəs How to pronounce effortfulness (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 That’s for the story to unfold, which is done with effective if sometimes effortful care over the next two hours. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Netflix's father-son crime drama All Day and a Night is flawed but affecting: Review," 1 May 2020 Cook at least one effortful meal per day in the daytime: either breakfast, lunch, or a robust snack. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Suddenly working at home? We’ve done it for 22 years—and have advice," 15 Mar. 2020 Greg, the awkward cousin attached to a billionaire media-mogul clan, is a creature of effortful mimicry. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "One More Thought on Succession’s Ridiculous Banter," 15 Oct. 2019 While the earliest work sometimes seems effortful, straining after images, the somewhat later work feels more natural and authentic. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "New collection brings together Alaska poet John Morgan’s impressive early work," 9 Sep. 2019 Antigone’’ is not, and Page’s effortful struggles appeared to throw Vital off her game. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "Lines get crossed in Flat Earth’s muddled ‘Antigone’," 28 Mar. 2018 But those who take pleasure in the effortful attention required by some puzzles and games to keep up and not get lost will find this book a rewarding challenge. Kathleen Rooney, New York Times, "Three Literary Critics Who Engage With Their Subjects, Unconventionally," 27 Apr. 2018 While “The Grand Inquisitor’’ was a solo piece, “Antigone’’ is not, and Page’s effortful struggles appeared to throw Vital off her game. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "Lines get crossed in Flat Earth’s muddled ‘Antigone’," 28 Mar. 2018 Setting Robards aside, which isn’t easy, Hanks’ turn is valiant but effortful and is the film’s one casting misstep. Michael Phillips, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘The Post’ is both inspired and hokey," 11 Jan. 2018

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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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7 May 2020

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“Effortful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effortful. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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