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Definitions for ineffectual
ˌɪn ɪˈfɛk tʃu əlin·ef·fec·tu·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ineffective, uneffective, ineffectualadjective

    not producing an intended effect

    "an ineffective teacher"; "ineffective legislation"

  2. futile, ineffectual, otiose, unavailingadjective

    producing no result or effect

    "a futile effort"; "the therapy was ineffectual"; "an otiose undertaking"; "an unavailing attempt"

  3. ineffective, ineffectual, unableadjective

    lacking in power or forcefulness

    "an ineffectual ruler"; "like an unable phoenix in hot ashes"


  1. ineffectualadjective

    unable or insufficient to produce effect; futile

    After several ineffectual and abortive leaps, we were forced to lift him over the obstacle.

  2. ineffectualadjective


  3. ineffectualadjective

    weak; lacking forcefulness

    Our group leader proved highly ineffectual, caving to every whim put forth by the other members.

  4. Etymology: in- "not" + effectual "having effect"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ineffectualadjective

    Unable to produce its proper effect; weak; without power.

    Etymology: in and effectual.

    The publick reading of the Apocrypha they condemn as a thing effectual unto evil: the bare reading even of Scriptures themselves they mislike, as a thing ineffectual to do good. Hook.

    The death of Patrocles, joined to the offer of Agamemnon, which of itself had proved ineffectual. Alexander Pope.


  1. ineffectual

    Ineffectual refers to something or someone that is incapable of producing the desired effect, lacks efficiency or adequate effectiveness, or fails to bring about a successful result. This term is often used to describe unsuccessful actions, ineffective methods, or incompetent individuals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ineffectualadjective

    not producing the proper effect; without effect; inefficient; weak; useless; futile; unavailing; as, an ineffectual attempt; an ineffectual expedient

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ineffectual in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ineffectual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of ineffectual in a Sentence

  1. Nadia Oweidat:

    It's ineffectual. It's simply ineffectual, it's not reaching the right population. It's not reaching the potential jihadists.

  2. Frank Herbert:

    If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.

  3. Michael Waltz:

    You know, it has been a trend with this administration. Typically, check the box and show tepid, weak, ineffectual support.

  4. Soren Kierkegaard, "The Sickness Unto Death":

    And when the hourglass has run out, the hourglass of temporality, when the noise of secular life has grown silent and its restless or ineffectual activism has come to an end, when everything around you is still, as it is in eternity, then eternity asks you and every individual in these millions and millions about only one thing: whether you have lived in despair or not.

  5. Honore De Balzac:

    All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.

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Translations for ineffectual

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  • αναποτελεσματικόςGreek
  • pystymätön, hyödytön, saamaton, tuloksetonFinnish
  • nieskuteczny, bezskutecznyPolish

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