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  • adj. Requiring or showing effort.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. requiring great physical effort. Opposite of effortless.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. requiring great physical effort


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  • Research is cited that supposedly shows that readers are vulnerable to a kind of cognitive incaution and "must engage in effortful processing to disbelieve the information they encounter in literary narratives."

    Saying Something

  • Researchers found that supportive co-parenting helped children who have difficulty regulating their behavior and attention levels - what researchers call effortful control.

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  • Constant interruptions from cell calls, email and texts erode a part of the executive attention function in your brain, called effortful control, which regulates impulse control.

    Joe Robinson: Is Email Making You Stupid?

  • The study led by Ohio State University has found that cooperative co-parenting helped children who have difficulty regulating their behaviour and attention levels - what researchers have dubbed effortful control.

    The Times of India

  • Can educators find ways to encourage students to engage in the kind of effortful study that will improve their reading and math skills?

    "Effortful study"

  • Particularly, creative individuals had difficulty suppressing the precuneus area of their default network while engaging in the more effortful working memory task.

    Why Daydreamers Are More Creative

  • Yet just four months on, Williams is back, making effortful progress through the early rounds of this year's championship.

    Serena Williams: In the court of the comeback queen | Profile

  • It is my daily, nay, hourly intention to be mistaken for him – it saddens me that we live in a sad modern age in which any man who wears anything more effortful than a Superdry T-shirt, a pair of old Levi's and brown trainers is viewed with suspicion as a pretentious attention-seeker.

    What should I get my 14-year-old niece for Christmas?

  • But there is nevertheless something effortful about the performances, a sense that this is no longer music Ashkenazy can technically take in his stride.

    Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 1; Chopin Variations – review

  • But it is all, you just feel the lyric writer sweating over every line with his rhyming dictionary, and crossing out - I mean that is such effortful writing.

    Look, He Made A Hat: Sondheim Talks Sondheim


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  • *wishes it were effortless*

    June 4, 2011

  • You just have to try real hard, blaff.

    June 4, 2011

  • For some reason, I can't believe this is a real word.

    June 4, 2011