from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having no effect or advantage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Without effect or advantage; useless; bootless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without effect or result; useless; vain.


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  • However, the Danish association of doctors and the Danish association of medicinal/pharmaceudical producers have just made an agreement in which the companies have to publish all research results, even when they prove that the companies 'products are effectless (harmful effects have always been required made public, for obviously reasons).

    And the Verdict Is...

  • He conducts effectless a photo-op foreign policy for which we have already paid a price but we may in the future pay a very, very heavy price in American blood and treasurer.

    CNN Transcript - Special Event: Sen. John McCain Makes Stump Speech, Answers Questions in California - March 1, 2000

  • Emptiness drained the life out of this effectless soul as it drained out the life of the world.

    Dalamar the Dark

  • But shadows don't sleep, they only hide, and this Shadow laughed as the magic ran through it, effectless.

    Dalamar the Dark

  • We have seen that it was not effectless; and, what glimmer of it came down, through Plato, into the Middle Ages.

    The Crest-Wave of Evolution A Course of Lectures in History, Given to the Graduates' Class in the Raja-Yoga College, Point Loma, in the College-Year 1918-19

  • It could be said, of course, that the time apparently wasted in these effectless studies could have been well spent in deepening and widening a knowledge of English literature never yet too great, and I have often said this myself; but then, again, I am not sure that the studies were altogether effectless.

    My Literary Passions

  • She stamped her foot for a final emphasis, but she was aware of her words all having fallen effectless, like blows dealt some detestable thing in a dream.

    The Coast of Bohemia

  • In thought he was always doing it, and there were times when he almost did it in reality, but he let these times pass effectless, hoping for some better time when the thing would do itself, waiting for the miracle which love expects, when it is itself the miracle that brings all its desires to fulfilment.

    The Coast of Bohemia

  • But, thinking of certain Englishmen I have known, I should be ashamed to join in the cry of those story - telling Americans whose jokes have sometimes fallen effectless.

    Seven English Cities

  • And, indeed, I write these papers, knowing well how effectless all speculations on abstract proprieties or possibilities must be in the present ravening state of national desire for excitement; but the tracing of moral or of mathematical law brings its own quiet reward; though it may be, for the time, impossible to apply either to use.

    On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2) A Collection of Miscellaneous Essays and Articles on Art and Literature


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