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[ef-ert-fuh l] /ˈɛf ərt fəl/
marked by effort or exertion; labored.
Origin of effortful
First recorded in 1895-1900; effort + -ful
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effortfully, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But barely had she entered the tinted atmosphere when her movements became awkward and convulsive, effortful and excited.

    The Red Dust Murray Leinster
  • Doctor Hoff blinked more rapidly and moistened his lips with an effortful tongue.

    Average Jones Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The personality seemed very intense, and spoke in effortful whispers.

  • "It's rather less than your customary one, I'm afraid," said the Tyro, with an effortful smile.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • With all studies in general, history shares in training perceptive, associative, and effortful activities.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper

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