ineffectual

[in-i-fek-choo-uhl]
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adjective
  1. not effectual; without satisfactory or decisive effect: an ineffectual remedy.
  2. unavailing; futile: His efforts to sell the house were ineffectual.
  3. powerless; impotent.

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

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2. ineffective, fruitless, pointless, abortive. See useless. 3. feeble, weak.
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ineffectual

adjective
  1. having no effect or an inadequate effect
  2. lacking in power or forcefulness; impotentan ineffectual ruler
Derived Formsineffectuality or ineffectualness, nounineffectually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ineffectually

ineffectual

adj.

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

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