Definitions for effective

Definitions for (adj) effective

Main entry: effective

Definition: existing in fact; not theoretical; real

Usage: a decline in the effective demand; confused increased equipment and expenditure with the quantity of effective work done

Main entry: effective, efficient

Definition: able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively

Usage: people who will do nothing unless they get something out of it for themselves are often highly effective persons...-G.B.Shaw; effective personnel; an efficient secretary; the efficient cause of the revolution

Main entry: in effect, in force, good, effective

Definition: exerting force or influence

Usage: the law is effective immediately; a warranty good for two years; the law is already in effect (or in force)

Main entry: effective, effectual, efficacious

Definition: producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect

Usage: an air-cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-distance transportation-LewisMumford; effective teaching methods; effective steps toward peace; made an effective entrance; his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action; an efficacious law

Main entry: effective

Definition: works well as a means or remedy

Usage: an effective reprimand; a lotion that is effective in cases of prickly heat

Main entry: effective

Definition: ready for service

Usage: the fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers

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