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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.

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

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

  2. Effectivenoun

    that which produces a given effect; a cause

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

  3. Effectivenoun

    one who is capable of active service

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

  4. Effectivenoun

    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  

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  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. Police Inspector Trevor Kidd:

    It is some significant distance from major waterways and any major infrastructure, so we do have something going our way as far as that goes, but it is certainly challenging to make an effective assessment at this stage.

  2. Steven Slugocki:

    Maricopa County won the state of Arizona for Mark Kelly and Joe Biden, here in Maricopa, we committed our resources to contact voters of color, women and traditionally underrepresented groups throughout the state. Our strategy proved to be effective.

  3. Mahatma Gandhi:

    Had we adopted non-violence as the weapon of the strong, because we realised that it was more effective than any other weapon, in fact the mightiest force in the world, we would have made use of its full potency and not have discarded it as soon as the fight against the British was over or we were in a position to wield conventional weapons. But as I have already said, we adopted it out of our helplessness. If we had the atom bomb, we would have used it against the British.

  4. Elbert Hubbard:

    Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things.

  5. Patrick Vallance:

    This is a ground-breaking development in our fight against the disease, and the speed at which researchers have progressed finding an effective treatment is truly remarkable, it shows the importance of doing high quality clinical trials and basing decisions on the results of those trials.

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