What does effective mean?

Definitions for effective
ɪˈfɛk tɪvef·fec·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. effective, effectual, efficaciousadjective

    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"

  2. effective, efficientadjective

    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"

  3. effectiveadjective

    works well as a means or remedy

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

  4. effective, good, in effect(p), in force(p)adjective

    exerting force or influence

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

  5. effectiveadjective

    existing in fact; not theoretical; real

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

  6. effectiveadjective

    ready for service

    "the fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers"

Wiktionary

  1. effectiveadjective

    Having the power to produce a required effect or effects.

    The pill is an effective method of birth control.

  2. effectiveadjective

    Producing a decided or decisive effect.

    The president delivered an effective speech!

  3. effectiveadjective

    Efficient, serviceable, or operative, available for useful work.

  4. effectiveadjective

    Actually in effect.

    The curfew is effective at midnight.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Effectiveadjective

    Etymology: from effect.

    They are not effective of any thing, nor leave no work behind them. Francis Bacon.

    If any mystery, rite, or sacrament be effective of any spiritual blessings, then this much more, as having the prerogative and principality above every thing else. Taylor.

    There is nothing in words and stiles but suitableness, that makes them acceptable and effective. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. Preface.

    Nor do they speak properly who say that time consumeth all things; for time is not effective, nor are bodies destroyed by it. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iv. c. 12.

    Whosoever is an effective real cause of doing his neighbour wrong is criminal, by what instrument soever he does it. Taylor.

Wikipedia

  1. effective

    Effectiveness is the capability of producing a desired result or the ability to produce desired output. When something is deemed effective, it means it has an intended or expected outcome, or produces a deep, vivid impression.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Effectiveadjective

    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

  2. Effectivenoun

    that which produces a given effect; a cause

  3. Effectivenoun

    one who is capable of active service

  4. Effectivenoun

    specie or coin, as distinguished from paper currency; -- a term used in many parts of Europe

  5. Etymology: [F. effectif real, effective, real amount.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. effective

    Efficient, fit for service; it also means the being present and at duty.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. effective

    Fit for service; as, an army of 30,000 effective (fighting) men.

Editors Contribution

  1. effective

    Able to create the effect, function, goal, intention, plan, purpose or result at superluminal speed in order of priority for the collective plan for the evolution of humanity.

    Her work processes were easy, simple and effective and this gave her more time to achieve focused results.


    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'effective' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #985

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'effective' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1864

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'effective' in Adjectives Frequency: #119

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of effective in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of effective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of effective in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Federico Buersgens:

    Our technology provides a unique, simple, and effective way to enable rapid molecular testing in decentralized laboratories.

  2. Zukie Vuka:

    Trains are supposed to be efficient, supposed to be effective. It's supposed to be the fastest transport mode that carries the most people and it's supposed to contribute to the economy, if the train is not working, a lot of people that are not able to afford a different transport mode are not able to get to work on time, which results in them being fired.

  3. Will Ripley:

    China has become a more serious problem than the Soviet Union ever was. Beijing first built its economy and its technological base before expanding its military capabilities. More importantly, it has been a far greater and more effective international player, diplomatically and economically, than the Soviet Union ever dreamed of being.

  4. William Schaffner:

    Just for scientific reasons, we had difficulty making an effective vaccine. But that's been successful now, the FDA has approved two different types of meningococcal group B vaccines that have been recently licensed.

  5. President Obama:

    Dianne Feinstein's always been an indispensable leader for California, and we became dear friends and partners in the fight to guarantee affordable healthcare and economic opportunity for everybody ; to protect our planet from climate change, and our kids from gun violence, i ask Californians to join me in supporting Dianne Feinstein's reelection and returning one of America's most effective champions for progress to the Senate.

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