[ih-fek-choo-uh l]


producing or capable of producing an intended effect; adequate.
valid or binding, as an agreement or document.

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

Synonyms for effectual

1. See effective.
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Examples from the Web for effectuality

Historical Examples of effectuality

  • She loved Septimus, she admitted, but his effectuality in any sphere of human endeavor was unimaginable.


    William J. Locke

  • He succeeded before long, with an effectuality that perfectly dumbfounded his slow sense of expedition.

    Dynamite Stories

    Hudson Maxim

British Dictionary definitions for effectuality



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



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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