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effective - Dictionary definition and meaning for word effective

(adj) producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect
Synonyms : effectual , efficacious
Example Sentence
  • an air-cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-distance transportation
  • effective teaching methods
  • effective steps toward peace
  • made an effective entrance
  • his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action
  • an efficacious law

(adj) able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively
Synonyms : efficient
Example Sentence
  • people who will do nothing unless they get something out of it for themselves are often highly effective persons...
  • effective personnel
  • an efficient secretary
  • the efficient cause of the revolution

(adj) works well as a means or remedy
Example Sentence
  • an effective reprimand
  • a lotion that is effective in cases of prickly heat

(adj) exerting force or influence
Synonyms : good , in effect , in force
Example Sentence
  • the law is effective immediately
  • a warranty good for two years
  • the law is already in effect (or in force)

(adj) existing in fact; not theoretical; real
Example Sentence
  • a decline in the effective demand
  • confused increased equipment and expenditure with the quantity of effective work done

(adj) ready for service
Example Sentence
  • the fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for effective

factual statements are valid and are able to produce a desired effect
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