- producing or capable of producing an intended effect; adequate.
- valid or binding, as an agreement or document.
Origin of effectual
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Examples from the Web for effectual
And when at last it is perceived that such pity cannot lead to effectual succor, common sense bids the soul be rid of it.David's Bookclub: Bartleby the Scrivener
November 26, 2012
She did so, and it proved an effectual screen from head to foot.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Try as she might she could think of no effectual way to begin.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
The plausible and polite manner of the stranger was effectual with George.Life in London
Mr. Johnson has hit on the most effectual manner of plaguing us all.Lady Susan
There is a remedy, and but one effectual remedy, for the errors of the heart.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
- capable of or successful in producing an intended result; effective
- (of documents, agreements, etc) having legal force
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.