to that effect

idiom
variants: or to the effect that
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of to that effect

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

effect play
  1. : something that inevitably follows an antecedent (such as a cause or agent)

  2. : a distinctive impression

  3. : the creation of a desired impression

  1. : to cause to come into being

  2. : to bring about often by surmounting obstacles : accomplish

  3. : to put into operation


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