Usage examples for ineffectualness

  1. A state like this would ever be exposed to the invasions of those who were powerful and inclined to attack it; but, as has been already mentioned, its situation preserves it, as it is free from the inroads of foreigners; and for this reason the family slaves still remain quiet at Crete, while the Helots are perpetually revolting: for the Cretans take no part in foreign affairs, and it is but lately that any foreign troops have made an attack upon the island; and their ravages soon proved the ineffectualness of their laws. – Politics A Treatise on Government by Aristotle
  2. Warren Venables had let it rest in the end, realizing bitterly at last the ineffectualness of contest. – The Furnace by Rose Macaulay
  3. Her decision strengthened his own, and after a pause of deliberation he said quietly: There might be a good deal to urge on the other side- the ineffectualness of your sacrifice, the probability that when your son marries he will inevitably be absorbed back into the life of his class and his people; but I can't look at it in that way, because if I were in your place I believe I should feel just as you do about it. – Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton