- 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
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Examples from the Web for ineffectuality
If the only policy tool you allow yourself to use is tax credits, your reform agenda will sputter into ineffectuality.All Good Things...
June 3, 2013
Ezra Klein has an interesting and important article in the New Yorker about the ineffectuality of presidential communication.Really, Who Cares What the President Says?
March 16, 2012
Except for this tie of ineffectuality, they had nothing special in common.
After the catastrophe, which I attributed to the curse of ineffectuality that pursued me, I must confess that I was glad.The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne
William J. Locke
Being good is to them practically synonymous with ineffectuality; and accomplishment, achievement is its own justification.Human Nature and Conduct
He pitied the ineffectuality of Septimus with the kind yet half-contemptuous pity of the strong man with a fine nature.Septimus
William J. Locke
- having no effect or an inadequate effect
- lacking in power or forcefulness; impotentan ineffectual ruler
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Word Origin and History for ineffectuality
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