What does effective mean?

Definitions for effective
ɪˈfɛk tɪvef·fec·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. effective, efficient(adj)

    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. effective(adj)

    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)(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)"

  5. effective(adj)

    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. effective(adj)

    ready for service

    "the fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers"

Wiktionary

  1. effective(Adjective)

    Having the power to produce a required effect or effects.

    The pill is an effective method of birth control.

  2. effective(Adjective)

    Producing a decided or decisive effect.

    The president delivered an effective speech!

  3. effective(Adjective)

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

  4. effective(Adjective)

    Actually in effect.

    The curfew is effective at midnight.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Effective(adj)

    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

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

  2. Effective(noun)

    that which produces a given effect; a cause

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

  3. Effective(noun)

    one who is capable of active service

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

  4. Effective(noun)

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

    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  

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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How to say effective in sign language?

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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. Ruth Lynfield:

    HPV vaccine needs to be given prior to exposure to these viruses in order to be effective in preventing infections with these viruses, and there is also a good immune response to the vaccine in early adolescence, it is fine if it is given many years before a person becomes sexually active.

  2. Zahra Pashaei:

    The Blue Girl and her stories did help. Of course, efforts by women activists and feminists were very effective, we are happy anyway and hope this will continue, not just in national team matches.

  3. Robert Boland:

    If you can get a player who is undervalued, you are getting performance in excess of contract, and that's kind of the name of the game, i don't need to be a great player - I need to be a cost-effective good player.

  4. Chief Executive Jim McNerney:

    That's a very effective sales strategy for our competitor right now.

  5. Abdul Rashid Dostum:

    We warmly welcome President Trump’s strategy, which shows U.S. sustainable commitment for a stable Afghanistan, but the presence of large numbers of U.S. troops on the ground and air strikes will not help to achieve the goals, unless the U.S. engages with our local population who are willing and effective to fight terrorism on the ground.

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