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effectual

[ ih-fek-choo-uhl ]
/ ɪˈfɛk tʃu əl /
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adjective
producing or capable of producing an intended effect; adequate.
valid or binding, as an agreement or document.
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Origin of effectual

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English effectuel (from Middle French ); late Middle English effectual, from Medieval Latin effectuālis, equivalent to Latin effectu-, stem of effectus effect + -ālis -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM effectual

ef·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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Something effectual produces or is capable of producing an intended effect. But effectual isn’t quite the same as efficacious, effective, or efficient! Find out why on Thesaurus.com

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British Dictionary definitions for effectual

effectual
/ (ɪˈfɛktjʊəl) /

adjective
capable of or successful in producing an intended result; effective
(of documents, agreements, etc) having legal force

Derived forms of effectual

effectuality or effectualness, noun
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