- not effectual; without satisfactory or decisive effect: an ineffectual remedy.
- unavailing; futile: His efforts to sell the house were ineffectual.
- powerless; impotent.
Origin of ineffectual
SynonymsSee more synonyms for ineffectual on Thesaurus.com
2. ineffective, fruitless, pointless, abortive. See useless. 3. feeble, weak.
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Examples from the Web for ineffectual
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Only an ineffectual artillery fire was maintained by the enemy.
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Miles John Breuer
- having no effect or an inadequate effect
- lacking in power or forcefulness; impotentan ineffectual ruler
Word Origin and History for ineffectual
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