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Meaning & Definition of Effective in English

English

Effective

/ɪfɛktɪv/

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • effective
  • ,
  • effectual
  • ,
  • efficacious

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • effective
  • ,
  • efficient

3. Works well as a means or remedy

  • "An effective reprimand"
  • "A lotion that is effective in cases of prickly heat"
    synonym:
  • effective

4. Exerting force or influence

  • "The law is effective immediately"
  • "A warranty good for two years"
  • "The law is already in effect (or in force)"
    synonym:
  • effective
  • ,
  • good
  • ,
  • in effect(p)
  • ,
  • in force(p)

5. Existing in fact

  • Not theoretical
  • Real
  • "A decline in the effective demand"
  • "Confused increased equipment and expenditure with the quantity of effective work done"
    synonym:
  • effective

6. Ready for service

  • "The fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers"
    synonym:
  • effective

Examples of using

Gooseberries are fruits that are effective at extending life.
It seems that the pills I took earlier were effective.
Generic ibuprofen is just as effective as name-brand ibuprofen.