Definitions of effective

  1. That which produces a given effect; a cause.
  2. One who is capable of active service.
  3. The serviceable soldiers in a country; an army or any military body, collectively; as, France's effective.
  4. Specie or coin, as distinguished from paper currency; - a term used in many parts of Europe.
  5. Effectiveness.
  6. exerting force or influence; " the law is effective immediately"; " a warranty good for two years"; " the law is already in effect ( or in force)"
  7. producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect; " an air- cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long- distance transportation"- LewisMumford; " effective teaching methods"; " effective steps toward peace"; " made an effective entrance"; " his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action"; " an efficacious law"
  8. works well as a means or remedy; " an effective reprimand"; " a lotion that is effective in cases of prickly heat"
  9. equipped and ready for service; " the fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers"
  10. Having the power to produce an effect or effects; producing a decided or decisive effect; efficient; serviceable; operative; as, an effective force, remedy, speech; the effective men in a regiment.
  11. Having the power to produce a result; efficient; powerful; impressive; striking.
  12. Having power to effect: causing something: powerful: serviceable.
  13. Causing something; serviceable.
  14. Producing effect; efficient.
  15. Having the power to effect; operative, or having the quality of producing effects; causing to be; efficient; fit for action.
  16. Having power to effect; producing effect; active; serviceable; operative.