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[ih-fek-choo-uh l]
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  1. producing or capable of producing an intended effect; adequate.
  2. valid or binding, as an agreement or document.
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Origin of effectual

1350–1400; Middle English effectuel (< AF), late Middle English effectual < Medieval Latin effectuālis, equivalent to Latin effectu-, stem of effectus effect + -ālis -al1
Related formsef·fec·tu·al·ly, adverbef·fec·tu·al·ness, ef·fec·tu·al·i·ty, nounpre·ef·fec·tu·al, adjectivepre·ef·fec·tu·al·ly, adverb

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1. See effective.
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Related Words for effectual

effective, efficacious, adequate, binding, capable, conclusive, decisive, efficient, forcible, lawful, legal, licit, potent, powerful, practicable, productive, qualified, serviceable, sound, strong

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British Dictionary definitions for effectual


  1. capable of or successful in producing an intended result; effective
  2. (of documents, agreements, etc) having legal force
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Derived Formseffectuality or effectualness, noun
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Word Origin and History for effectual


late 14c., Old French effectuel, from Late Latin effectualis, from Latin effectus "accomplishment, performance" (see effect (n.)). Used properly of actions (not agents) and with a sense "having the effect aimed at." Related: Effectually; effectuality.

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