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

Nearby words

  1. ineducation,
  2. ineffability,
  3. ineffable,
  4. ineffaceable,
  5. ineffective,
  6. inefficacious,
  7. inefficacy,
  8. inefficiency,
  9. inefficient,
  10. inegalitarian

Origin of ineffectual

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

Related formsin·ef·fec·tu·al·i·ty, in·ef·fec·tu·al·ness, nounin·ef·fec·tu·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ineffectuality



having no effect or an inadequate effect
lacking in power or forcefulness; impotentan ineffectual ruler
Derived Formsineffectuality or ineffectualness, nounineffectually, adverb

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Word Origin and History for ineffectuality



early 15c., from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + effectual. Related: Ineffectually; ineffectuality.

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