- 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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Related Wordspartially, unsuccessfully, futilely, badly, incompetently, incompletely, ineffectively, inefficiently, meagerly, partly, ineffectually, ineptly, perfunctorily, scantily, inadequately, poorly, weakly, uselessly
Examples from the Web for ineffectually
Cunningly did he ply his sword before them, but ineffectually.The Tavern Knight
Again he searched his own thoughts; nor ineffectually as before.A Simple Story
They strove earnestly but ineffectually to trace the necklace.The Queen's Necklace
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Similar opposition was offered at many other points, but ineffectually.Lives of the Engineers
I endeavoured to pacify him, by representing the danger, but ineffectually.The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck
- having no effect or an inadequate effect
- lacking in power or forcefulness; impotentan ineffectual ruler
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Word Origin and History for ineffectually
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