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Meaning of EFFECTIVE

Pronunciation:  i'fektiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  existing in fact; not theoretical; real; "a decline in the effective demand"; "confused increased equipment and expenditure with the quantity of effective work done"
  2. [adj]  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. [adj]  exerting force or influence; "the law is effective immediately"; "a warranty good for two years"; "the law is already in effect (or in force)"
  4. [adj]  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"
  5. [adj]  works well as a means or remedy; "an effective reprimand"; "a lotion that is effective in cases of prickly heat"
  6. [adj]  (military) equipped and ready for service; "the fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers"

EFFECTIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: actual, competent, effectual, efficacious, efficient, existent, good, hard-hitting, impelling, impressive, in effect(p), in force(p), operational, operative, rough-and-ready, telling, trenchant
 Antonyms: ineffective, ineffectual, uneffective
 See Also: potent, powerful, strong, useful, utile



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ef*fect"ive\, a. [L. effectivus: cf. F. effectif.]
    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.
          They are not effective of anything, nor leave no work
          behind them.                             --Bacon.
          Whosoever is an effective, real cause of doing his
          heighbor wrong, is criminal.             --Jer. Taylor.
    Syn: Efficient; forcible; active; powerful; energetic;
         competent. See {Effectual}.
  2. \Ef*fect"ive\, n.
    1. That which produces a given effect; a cause. --Jer.
    2. One who is capable of active service.
             He assembled his army -- 20,000 effectives -- at
             Corinth.                              --W. P.
    3. [F. effectif real, effective, real amount.] (Com.) Specie
       or coin, as distinguished from paper currency; -- a term
       used in many parts of Europe. --Simmonds.
  3. \Ef*fect"ive\, n.
    The serviceable soldiers in a country; an army or any
    military body, collectively; as, France's effective.
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