from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Depleted of vitality, force, or effectiveness; exhausted: the final, effete period of the baroque style.
- adj. Marked by self-indulgence, triviality, or decadence: an effete group of self-professed intellectuals.
- adj. Overrefined; effeminate.
- adj. No longer productive; infertile.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of substances, quantities etc: exhausted, spent, worn-out.
- adj. Of people: lacking strength or vitality; feeble, powerless, impotent.
- adj. Decadent, self-indulgent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. No longer capable of producing young, as an animal, or fruit, as the earth; hence, worn out with age; exhausted of energy; incapable of efficient action; no longer productive; barren; sterile.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Past bearing; functionless, as a result of age or exhaustion.
- Hence Having the energies worn out or exhausted; become incapable of efficient action; barren of results.
- Synonyms Unproductive, unfruitful, unprolific.
- Spent, worn out.
- An obsolete spelling of effete.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay
Latin effētus, worn out, exhausted : ex-, ex- + fētus, bearing young, pregnant; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin effetus ("that has given birth; exhausted"). (Wiktionary)