American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having an intended or expected effect.
- adj. Producing a strong impression or response; striking: gave an effective performance as Othello.
- adj. Operative; in effect: The law is effective immediately.
- adj. Existing in fact; actual: a decline in the effective demand.
- adj. Prepared for use or action, especially in warfare.
- n. A soldier or a piece of military equipment that is ready for combat: "The 'company' was no more than two platoons of effectives” ( Tom Clancy).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving to effect the intended purpose; producing the intended or expected effect or result; operative; efficacious: as, an effective cause; effective proceedings.
- Capable of producing effect; fit for action or duty; adapted for a desired end: as, the effective force of an army or of a steam-engine is so much; effective capacity.
- Serving to impress or affect with admiration; producing a decided impression of beauty or a feeling of admiration at the first presentation; impressive; striking; specifically, artistically strong or successful: as, an effective performance; an effective picture.
- Actual; real.
- n. The number of men actually doing duty, or the strength of a company, a regiment, or an army, in the field or on parade.
- n. A soldier fit for duty.
- adj. Having the power to produce a required effect or effects.
- adj. Producing a decided or decisive effect.
- adj. Efficient, serviceable, or operative, available for useful work.
- adj. Actually in effect.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the power to produce an effect or effects; producing a decided or decisive effect; efficient; serviceable; operative.
- n. That which produces a given effect; a cause.
- n. One who is capable of active service.
- n. (Com.) Specie or coin, as distinguished from paper currency; -- a term used in many parts of Europe.
- n. The serviceable soldiers in a country; an army or any military body, collectively.
- adj. able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively
- adj. existing in fact; not theoretical; real.
- adj. ready for service
- adj. works well as a means or remedy
- adj. producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect
- adj. exerting force or influence
“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.”
“Authorized to reappoint Peter Hinckley as an Assistance Attorney General at a salary level of $75,500 for a term effective October 14, 2009 through October 14, 2010.”
“The only way to make this wall cost-effective is if you hire Mexicans to build it.”
“Surveys show that some believe that it refers to effective economic management.”
“To stay afloat when a company is in effective competition with an expanding government, the only solution is increased productivity.”
“I also predicted that consumers ultimately would be able to find alternatives to obtain "effective and credible education.”
“Parks, like educational institutions, are not cost effective from a banker's or economist's perspective.”
“That makes some sense Brad except for the fact that Kyoto exempts developing nations so how effective is it as a tool to hold growth down in developing countries relative to Europeans?”
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