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

effectplay
  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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