[ ih-fek-tiv ]
/ ɪˈfɛk tɪv /
adequate to accomplish a purpose; producing the intended or expected result: effective teaching methods; effective steps toward peace.
actually in operation or in force; functioning: The law becomes effective at midnight.
producing a deep or vivid impression; striking: an effective photograph.
prepared and available for service, especially military service.
a member of the armed forces fit for duty or active service.
the effective total of a military force.
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Origin of effective
SYNONYMS FOR effective
1 capable, competent. Effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient refer to that which is able to produce a (desired) effect. Effective is applied to that which has the power to, or which actually does, produce an effect: an effective action, remedy, speech. Effectual is used especially of that which produces the effect desired or intended, or a decisive result: An effectual bombardment silenced the enemy. Efficacious suggests the capability of achieving a certain end: an efficacious plan, medicine. Efficient (applied also to persons) implies the skillful use of energy or industry to accomplish desired results with little waste of effort: efficient methods; an efficient manager.
OTHER WORDS FROM effective
ef·fec·tive·ly, adverbef·fec·tive·ness, ef·fec·tiv·i·ty, nounpre·ef·fec·tive, adjectivepre·ef·fec·tive·ly, adverb
qua·si-ef·fec·tive, adjectivequa·si-ef·fec·tive·ly, adverbsub·ef·fec·tive, adjectivesub·ef·fec·tive·ly, adverbsub·ef·fec·tive·ness, nounsu·per·ef·fec·tive, adjectivesu·per·ef·fec·tive·ly, adverbsu·per·ef·fec·tive·ness, nounun·ef·fec·tive, adjectiveun·ef·fec·tive·ly, adverbun·ef·fec·tive·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH effectiveaffective effective (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for effectivities
/ (ɪˈfɛktɪv) /
productive of or capable of producing a result
in effect; operativeeffective from midnight
producing a striking impression; impressivean effective entrance
(prenominal) actual rather than theoretical; realthe effective income after deductions
(of a military force, etc) equipped and prepared for action
physics (of an alternating quantity) having a value that is the square root of the mean of the squares of the magnitude measured at each instant over a defined period of time, usually one cycleSee also root mean square
a serviceman who is equipped and prepared for action
Derived forms of effectiveeffectively, adverbeffectiveness, noun
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