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effective

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

France:effectif (late 14c)< Latin: effectus < efficiō ("productive, effective")

PronunciationEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

effective (comparative more effective, superlative most effective)

  1. Having the power to produce a required effect or effects.
    The pill is an effective method of birth control.
  2. Producing a decided or decisive effect.
    The president delivered an effective speech!
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      Whosoever is an effective, real cause of doing his neighbour wrong, is criminal.
  3. Efficient, serviceable, or operative, available for useful work.
    How long does it take to make a bunch of civilians an effective military force?
    My effective income after taxes and child support is $500 a month.
    The effective radiated power is determined by multiplying the transmitter power output with the antenna gain.
    The effective voltage of an alternating current is 0.7 times its peak voltage.
  4. Actually in effect.
    The curfew is effective at midnight.

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TranslationsEdit

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NounEdit

effective (plural effectives)

  1. (military) A soldier fit for duty.

FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

effective f

  1. feminine form of effectif

LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

effectīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of effectīvus