Origin of effective
Examples from the Web for effectives
It now set in with unusual virulence; and in a few days the conquerors found their force reduced to 12,000 effectives.The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)|John Holland Rose
It is then superabundantly established that in the matter of effectives Germany has reached the maximum of possible effort.
Hill's claim that he had but little over 1300 effectives in five brigades of Lee's corps is not credible.Military Reminiscences of the Civil War V2|Jacob Dolson Cox
This increased the strength of the brigade to 751 effectives.History of Morgan's Cavalry|Basil W. Duke
Between thirty and thirty-four divisions were completely used upa cost of over 400,000 effectives.
British Dictionary definitions for effectives
Word Origin and History for effectives
late 14c., from French effectif, from Latin effectivus "productive, effective," from effect-, stem of efficere (see effect (n.)). Effectively in the sense of "actually" is attested by 1650s. Related: Effectivity.