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Definitions of effective

  1. That which produces a given effect; a cause. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. One who is capable of active service. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The serviceable soldiers in a country; an army or any military body, collectively; as, France's effective. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Specie or coin, as distinguished from paper currency; - a term used in many parts of Europe. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Effectiveness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. exerting force or influence; "the law is effective immediately"; "a warranty good for two years"; "the law is already in effect (or in force)" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. works well as a means or remedy; "an effective reprimand"; "a lotion that is effective in cases of prickly heat" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. equipped and ready for service; "the fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Having the power to produce a result; efficient; powerful; impressive; striking. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Having power to effect: causing something: powerful: serviceable. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Causing something; serviceable. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. Producing effect; efficient. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Having the power to effect; operative, or having the quality of producing effects; causing to be; efficient; fit for action. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. Having power to effect; producing effect; active; serviceable; operative. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for effective

  1. There will be an increasing getting together for more effective action. – Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation by S. D. Gordon
  2. They may be more generally effective because of their greater influence. – The History of the Negro Church by Carter Godwin Woodson