ineffectual

adjective in·ef·fec·tu·al \ ˌi-nə-ˈfek-chə(-wə)l , -ˈfeksh-wəl \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of ineffectual

1 : not producing the proper or intended effect : futile
2 : ineffective 2

ineffectuality

play \ˌi-nə-ˌfek-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun

ineffectually

play \ˌi-nə-ˈfek-chə(-wə)-lē, -ˈfek-shwə-\ adverb

ineffectualness

noun

Examples of ineffectual in a Sentence

  1. an ineffectual effort to find the trail again did at least lead them to another stunning view of the canyon

  2. another ineffectual plan to lose weight without dieting or exercising

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First Known Use of ineffectual

15th century


INEFFECTUAL Defined for English Language Learners

ineffectual

adjective

Definition of ineffectual for English Language Learners

  • : not producing or able to produce the effect you want


INEFFECTUAL Defined for Kids

ineffectual

adjective in·ef·fec·tu·al \ ˌi-nə-ˈfek-chə-wəl \

Definition of ineffectual for Students

: not producing the proper or desired effect

ineffectually

adverb


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