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ineffectual

[ in-i-fek-choo-uhl ]
/ ˌɪn ɪˈfɛk tʃu əl /
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adjective

not effectual; without satisfactory or decisive effect: an ineffectual remedy.
unavailing; futile: His efforts to sell the house were ineffectual.
powerless; impotent.

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Origin of ineffectual

A late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at in-3, effectual

synonym study for ineffectual

2. See useless.

OTHER WORDS FROM ineffectual

in·ef·fec·tu·al·i·ty, in·ef·fec·tu·al·ness, nounin·ef·fec·tu·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for ineffectual

ineffectual
/ (ˌɪnɪˈfɛktʃʊəl) /

adjective

having no effect or an inadequate effect
lacking in power or forcefulness; impotentan ineffectual ruler

Derived forms of ineffectual

ineffectuality or ineffectualness, nounineffectually, adverb
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