Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not effective.
  • adj. (military) Not able to assume active duty.
  • n. A member of the military who is unable to assume active duty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not effective; ineffective.
  • adj. Not fit or available for duty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no power to produce an effect; causing no effect.
  • Unfitted for active service: applied to that portion of the personnel of an army or a navy that is not in a condition for active service, as superannuated and half-pay officers, pensioners, and the like.
  • Connected with non-effectives, their maintenance, etc.
  • n. A member of a military force who is not in condition for active service, as through age, illness, etc.

Etymologies

non- +‎ effective (Wiktionary)

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