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Definitions of effective

  1. ( military) equipped and ready for service; " the fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers"
  2. exerting force or influence; " the law is effective immediately"; " a warranty good for two years"; " the law is already in effect ( or in force)"
  3. 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"
  4. works well as a means or remedy; " an effective reprimand"; " a lotion that is effective in cases of prickly heat"
  5. equipped and ready for service; " the fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers"
  6. 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.
  7. That which produces a given effect; a cause.
  8. One who is capable of active service.
  9. The serviceable soldiers in a country; an army or any military body, collectively; as, France's effective.
  10. Effectively.
  11. Specie or coin, as distinguished from paper currency; - a term used in many parts of Europe.
  12. Having the power to produce a result; efficient; powerful; impressive; striking.
  13. Effectiveness.
  14. Having power to effect: causing something: powerful: serviceable.
  15. Causing something; serviceable.
  16. Producing effect; efficient.
  17. Having the power to effect; operative, or having the quality of producing effects; causing to be; efficient; fit for action.
  18. Having power to effect; producing effect; active; serviceable; operative.

Usage examples for effective

  1. There will be an increasing getting together for more effective action. – Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation by S. D. Gordon
  2. They may be more generally effective because of their greater influence. – The History of the Negro Church by Carter Godwin Woodson
  3. When Mrs. Young and I began our work together the question was frequently asked why women alone were working for effective voting? – An Autobiography by Catherine Helen Spence
  4. A single application will be effective for a considerable time. – Pratt's Practical Pointers on the Care of Livestock and Poultry by Pratt Food Co.
  5. But this is effective only when each pin is in working contact with the dog. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  6. In 1846 he patented an effective " binding pin" for fastening loose sheets, which might have been a financial success if it had been properly pushed. – Herbert Spencer by J. Arthur Thomson
  7. The latter possessed the hearts of the people and the confidence of the army, without which it was utterly impossible to undertake anything effective. – The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete by Frederich Schiller
  8. If ladies will give some attention to the make or cut and style of their dresses, the most simple materials will look exceedingly effective. – Routledge's Manual of Etiquette by George Routledge
  9. " And will make you much more really useful and effective than ever you could have been alone," said Ermine. – The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte M. Yonge
  10. You will notice that I say Republican party, for when the Colored vote was most effective it was organized by the Republican party. – The Negro and the elective franchise. A Series Of Papers And A Sermon (The American Negro Academy. Occasional Papers, No. 11.) by Archibald H. Grimké, Charles C. Cook, John Hope, John L. Love, Kelly Miller, and Rev. Frank J. Grimké
  11. It is the least effective part that you can touch a boy upon. – Mr. Midshipman Easy by Captain Frederick Marryat
  12. If this single thing alone appealed to his attention, the effort would be pleasing and effective. – Increasing-Human-Efficiency-in-Business-a-contribution-to-the-psychology-of-business by Scott, Walter Dill
  13. The superintendent had an idea that they might be more effective than a search warrant. – The Grell Mystery by Frank Froest
  14. Any method, provided it is effective. – Lysbeth A Tale Of The Dutch by H. Rider Haggard
  15. So it continued for nearly one hour and a half, during which time the roll was being called, and a more effective scene I never witnessed. – Pius IX. And His Time by The Rev. Æneas MacDonell Dawson
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