to that effect

variants: or

to the effect that

Definition of to that effect

  1. —used to indicate that the meaning of words is roughly correct even if the words themselves are not completely accurate He said more time was needed to reach a decision, or words to that effect.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  purport, intent

    :  basic meaning :  essence

    :  something that inevitably follows an antecedent (as a cause or agent)

  1. :  to cause to come into being

    :  to bring about often by surmounting obstacles :  accomplish

    :  to put into operation

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capable of being understood in two ways

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