Definitions for effectiveɪˈfɛk tɪv
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
adequate to accomplish a purpose; producing the intended or expected result:
effective teaching methods.
in operation or in force; functioning; operative:
The law becomes effective at midnight.
producing a deep or vivid impression; striking:
an effective photograph.
prepared and available for service, esp. military service.
(n.)a member of the armed forces fit for duty or active service.
* Syn: effective , effectual , efficacious , efficient refer to that which produces or is able to produce an effect. effective is applied to something that produces a desired or expected effect, often a lasting one: an effective speech. effectual usu. refers to something that produces a decisive outcome or result: an effectual settlement. efficacious refers to something capable of achieving a certain end or purpose: an efficacious remedy. efficient , usu. used of a person, implies skillful accomplishment of a purpose with little waste of effort: an efficient manager.
Origin of effective:
1350–1400; ME < L effectīvus=effect(us), ptp. of efficere (see effect ) +-īvus -ive
effective, effectual, efficacious(adj)
producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect
"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"
able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively
"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"
works well as a means or remedy
"an effective reprimand"; "a lotion that is effective in cases of prickly heat"
effective, good, in effect(p), in force(p)(adj)
exerting force or influence
"the law is effective immediately"; "a warranty good for two years"; "the law is already in effect (or in force)"
existing in fact; not theoretical; real
"a decline in the effective demand"; "confused increased equipment and expenditure with the quantity of effective work done"
ready for service
"the fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a very effective technique; a medicine that is not effective in the treatment of colds
in use or having an impact
new laws effective from January 1st; the effectiveness of the new technique
Having the power to produce a required effect or effects.
The pill is an effective method of birth control.
Producing a decided or decisive effect.
The president delivered an effective speech!
Efficient, serviceable, or operative, available for useful work.
Actually in effect.
The curfew is effective at midnight.
having the power to produce an effect or effects; producing a decided or decisive effect; efficient; serviceable; operative; as, an effective force, remedy, speech; the effective men in a regiment
that which produces a given effect; a cause
one who is capable of active service
specie or coin, as distinguished from paper currency; -- a term used in many parts of Europe
Translations for effective
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
having power to produce, or producing, a desired result
These new teaching methods have proved very effective.
- eficazPortuguese (BR)
- αποτελεσματικός, αποδοτικόςGreek
- موثر؛ نتیجه بخشFarsi
- veiksmingas, efektyvusLithuanian
- efektīvs, iedarbīgsLatvian
- effektiv, virkningsfullNorwegian
- موثر؛ نتیجه بخشPersian
- اغيزه ناك، نتيجه ور كوونكى، نافذ، په چلند كې، چمتو، تيارسى، اثرناك، په ځاى، واقعىPashto
- effektiv, verkningsfullSwedish
- 有效的Chinese (Trad.)
- дійовий; ефективнийUkrainian
- ذی اثرUrdu
- có hiệu quảVietnamese
- 有效的Chinese (Simp.)
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