ineffectual

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adjective in·ef·fec·tu·al \ˌi-nə-ˈfek-chə(-wə)l, -ˈfeksh-wəl\

Definition of ineffectual

  1. 1 :  not producing the proper or intended effect :  futile

  2. 2 :  ineffective 2

ineffectuality

play \-ˌfek-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun

ineffectually

play \-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>

15th Century

First Known Use of ineffectual

15th century


INEFFECTUAL Defined for English Language Learners

ineffectual

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adjective in·ef·fec·tu·al \ˌi-nə-ˈfek-chə(-wə)l, -ˈfeksh-wəl\

Definition of ineffectual for English Language Learners

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


INEFFECTUAL Defined for Kids

ineffectual

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

Definition of ineffectual for Students

  1. :  not producing the proper or desired effect

ineffectually

adverb


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