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Definition 1: producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where effective or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an air-cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-distance transportation
  • effective teaching methods
  • effective steps toward peace
  • made an effective entrance
  • his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action
  • an efficacious law

Synonyms for effective in the sense of this definition

(effective is similar to ...) characterized by or full of force and vigor

"a hard-hitting expose" "a trenchant argument"

(effective is similar to ...) markedly effective as if by emotional pressure

"impelling skill as a teller of tales" "an impelling personality"

(effective is similar to ...) producing a strong effect

"gave an impressive performance as Othello" "a telling gesture"

(effective is similar to ...) crude but effective for the purpose at hand

(means also ...) being of use or service

"the girl felt motherly and useful" "a useful job" "a useful member of society"

(means also ...) having great power or force or potency or effect

"the most powerful government in western Europe" "his powerful arms" "a powerful bomb" "the horse's powerful kick" "powerful drugs" "a powerful argument"

(means also ...) having a strong physiological or chemical effect

"a potent toxin" "potent liquor" "a potent cup of tea" "a stiff drink"

(means also ...) being effective without wasting time or effort or expense

"an efficient production manager" "efficient engines save gas"

(means also ...) marked by qualities giving the power to produce an intended effect

"written propaganda is less efficacious than the habits and prejudices...of the readers" "the medicine is efficacious in stopping a cough"

(... are attributes of effective) power to be effective; the quality of being able to bring about an effect

Definition 2: existing in fact; not theoretical; real - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where effective or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(effective is similar to ...) presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible

"the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different" "actual and imagined conditions"

Definition 3: able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where effective or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • people who will do nothing unless they get something out of it for themselves are often highly effective persons...
  • effective personnel
  • an efficient secretary
  • the efficient cause of the revolution

Synonyms for effective in the sense of this definition

(effective is similar to ...) properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient

"a competent typist"

Definition 4: works well as a means or remedy - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where effective or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(effective is similar to ...) marked by qualities giving the power to produce an intended effect

"written propaganda is less efficacious than the habits and prejudices...of the readers" "the medicine is efficacious in stopping a cough"

Definition 5: ready for service - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where effective or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers

(effective is similar to ...) (military) of or intended for or involved in military operations

(effective belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 6: exerting force or influence - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where effective or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for effective in the sense of this definition

(effective is similar to ...) being in force or having or exerting force

"operative regulations" "the major tendencies operative in the American political system"

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