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ineffectual

[in-i-fek-choo-uh l] /ˌɪn ɪˈfɛk tʃu əl/
adjective
1.
not effectual; without satisfactory or decisive effect:
an ineffectual remedy.
2.
unavailing; futile:
His efforts to sell the house were ineffectual.
3.
powerless; impotent.
Origin of ineffectual
late Middle English
1375-1425
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at in-3, effectual
Related forms
ineffectuality, ineffectualness, noun
ineffectually, adverb
Synonyms
2. ineffective, fruitless, pointless, abortive. See useless. 3. feeble, weak.
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  • Cunningly did he ply his sword before them, but ineffectually.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • Again he searched his own thoughts; nor ineffectually as before.

    A Simple Story Mrs. Inchbald
  • They strove earnestly but ineffectually to trace the necklace.

    The Queen's Necklace

    Alexandre Dumas pre
  • Similar opposition was offered at many other points, but ineffectually.

    Lives of the Engineers Samuel Smiles
  • I endeavoured to pacify him, by representing the danger, but ineffectually.

  • But though he made such protest with warmth, he knew that he did so ineffectually.

    Framley Parsonage

    Anthony Trollope
  • Then he made an attempt to raise his hand to his head, but ineffectually.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • "I have striven to do so, but ineffectually," said the host.

    Boscobel: or, the royal oak William Harrison Ainsworth
  • These ailments were ineffectually doctored, one after another, in a variety of ways.

    The Modern Malady Cyril Bennett
  • Mr. Byno tried to laugh him out of the idea, but ineffectually.

    The Ghost World

    T. F. Thiselton (Thomas Firminger Thiselton) Dyer
British Dictionary definitions for ineffectually

ineffectual

/ˌɪnɪˈfɛktʃʊəl/
adjective
1.
having no effect or an inadequate effect
2.
lacking in power or forcefulness; impotent: an ineffectual ruler
Derived Forms
ineffectuality, ineffectualness, noun
ineffectually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ineffectually

ineffectual

adj.

early 15c., from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + effectual. Related: Ineffectually; ineffectuality.

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