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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Definitions for ineffectual

  1. Not producing the proper effect; without effect; weak; useless; futile; unavailing.

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Citations for ineffectual
Rush, the aging black Labrador that had waited patiently outside during lunch, ran joyfully on the beach, splashing in the water, making ineffectual attempts to catch a seagull. Annabel Davis-Goff, The Dower House
The case sobered Coley not only because of the speed with which the cancer killed, but because of the crude, puny, and utterly ineffectual obstacles hurled by her doctors to impede its fatal course. Stephen S. hall, A Commotion in the Blood
Origin of ineffectual
late Middle English
Ineffectual ultimately comes from Latin in-, negative prefix + effectus, "effect, result," from efficere, "to produce, to effect," from ex, "out of" + facere, "to make."