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Definition of "effective" []

  • Having an intended or expected effect. (adjective)
  • Producing a strong impression or response; striking: gave an effective performance as Othello. (adjective)
  • Operative; in effect: The law is effective immediately. (adjective)
  • Existing in fact; actual: a decline in the effective demand. (adjective)
  • Prepared for use or action, especially in warfare. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "effective" in a sentence
  • "And this morning, the President at the ground breaking, made the point that this is going to be a place where service members could get what he called effective accountable care."
  • "And the Department of Homeland Security says it has what it calls effective control of less than 15 percent of our southern border with Mexico."
  • "And, also, it wants to discuss effective measures, what it calls effective measures to avoid similar incidents from happening in the future."