effective

  • 1 effective — ef‧fec‧tive [ɪˈfektɪv] adjective 1. working well and producing the result or effect that was wanted or intended: • The company mounted a very effective publicity campaign. • The 7% increase in sales shows that the company has become more… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 effective — effective, effectual, efficient, efficacious all mean producing or capable of producing a result or results, but they are not freely interchangeable in idiomatic use. Effective emphasizes the actual production of an effect or the power to produce …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 effective — ef·fec·tive adj 1: producing a desired effect an effective revocation of the contract 2: capable of bringing about an effect effective assistance of counsel see also ineffective assistance o …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 effective — effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient 1. All these words mean ‘having an effect’ of some kind, but with different applications and shades of meaning. Effective means ‘having a definite or desired effect’ that is actual rather than… …

    Modern English usage

  • 5 Effective — Ef*fect ive, a. [L. effectivus: cf. F. effectif.] 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 Effective — Ef*fect ive, n. 1. That which produces a given effect; a cause. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. One who is capable of active service. [1913 Webster] He assembled his army 20,000 effectives at Corinth. W. P. Johnston. [1913 Webster] 3. [F. effectif …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 effective — [e fek′tiv, ifek′tiv; ] often [ ēfek′tiv, əfek′tiv] adj. [ME & OFr effectif < L effectivus] 1. having an effect; producing a result 2. producing a definite or desired result; efficient 3. in effect; operative; active 4. actual, not merely… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 effective — late 14c., from Fr. effectif, from L. effectivus productive, effective, from effect , stem of efficere (see EFFECT (Cf. effect)). Effectively in the sense of actually is attested by 1650s. Related: Effectivity …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 effective — [adj1] productive, persuasive able, active, adequate, capable, cogent, compelling, competent, convincing, direct, effectual, efficacious, efficient, emphatic, energetic, forceful, forcible, having lead in pencil*, impressive, live, moving, on the …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 effective — ► ADJECTIVE 1) producing a desired or intended result. 2) (of a law or policy) operative. 3) existing in fact, though not formally acknowledged as such. DERIVATIVES effectively adverb effectiveness noun effectivity noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 effective */*/*/ — UK [ɪˈfektɪv] / US adjective 1) a) someone or something that is effective works well and produces the result that was intended You need more effective communication within the organization. Humour is often far more effective than shouting. The… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 effective — ef|fec|tive [ ı fektıv ] adjective *** 1. ) someone or something that is effective works well and produces the result that was intended: Humor is often far more effective than shouting. You need effective communication within the organization.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 effective — adj. 1) effective against (effective against the common cold) 2) effective in (effective in fighting forest fires) 3) effective to + inf. (it would be more effective not to respond to the charges) * * * [ɪ fektɪv] effective to + inf. (it would be …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 effective — I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. producing a decided, decisive, or desired effect < an effective policy > b. impressive, striking < a gold lamé fabric studded with effective…precious stones Stanley Marcus > 2. ready for service or action < …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 effective — adj. 1 producing the result you want VERBS ▪ be, look, prove, seem ▪ make sth ▪ find sth ▪ We find advertising on the radio very effectiv …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 effective — [[t]ɪfe̱ktɪv[/t]] ♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ in ing, ADJ against n Something that is effective works well and produces the results that were intended. The project looks at how we could be more effective in encouraging students to enter teacher… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 effective — effectively, adv. effectiveness, effectivity, n. /i fek tiv/, adj. 1. adequate to accomplish a purpose; producing the intended or expected result: effective teaching methods; effective steps toward peace. 2. actually in operation or in force;… …

    Universalium

  • 18 effective — ef|fec|tive W1S2 [ıˈfektıv] adj 1.) successful, and working in the way that was intended ≠ ↑ineffective ▪ The cheaper drugs are just as effective in treating arthritis. ▪ the painting s highly effective use of colour ▪ Training is often much less …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 effective — adjective 1) an effective treatment Syn: successful, effectual, potent, powerful; helpful, beneficial, advantageous, valuable, useful; formal efficacious Ant: ineffective, weak 2) a more effective argume …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 effective — ef•fec•tive [[t]ɪˈfɛk tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) adequate to accomplish a purpose; producing the intended or expected result: effective teaching methods[/ex] 2) in operation or in force; functioning; operative: The law becomes effective at midnight[/ex] 3) …

    From formal English to slang


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