Definitions

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  • adv. In an effortful manner: with effort

Etymologies

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effortful +‎ -ly

Examples

  • A good thing too, because the production has been constructed effortfully from notions and elements that hang together fairly loosely.

    'Tattoo': Raw, Rousing and Rather Redundant

  • Perhaps the true sign of success is the ability to free oneself from work to engage in the active process of what Aristotle called idleness, the effortfully investigation of life to 'know oneself.'

    Susan Smalley, Ph.D.: Being Idle As a Sign of Success

  • It's effortfully serious and bizarre enough to make us never want to see Kutcher venture outside of rom-com territory again.

    Katy Hall: 'Spread' Review: Ashton Is Naked, Sad, Annoying

  • At this point in the festivities, I effortfully unclenched my fists, went away from the TV, and took a few long deep breaths.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Which is why, as a constantly, effortfully, expensively and very time-consumingly 'slim, toned, well groomed & dressed woman (who is prepared at the very least to feign interest in sex)'I don't think I'm asking such an awful lot of the world wanting a man with a half decent job (I gave up aspiring to the tall, dark, handsome thing in my middle teens...)

    What Men Want - The Skinny

  • With those dark memories of childhood PE classes lurking at the back of my mind, I couldn't possibly have avoided exercise any more effortfully than I did.

    A Sport Of Bother

  • Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat published a "news" item on its front page which stated that "Prince Sultan Bin `Abdul-`Aziz...described talks about discrimination against women in Saudi Arabia as 'wrong idea', affirming that Saudi Arabia works effortfully for women's rights."

    Friday, September 30, 2005

  • To explain your front-and-center carrying style, lean back and breathe effortfully, as if the heavy weight of your load requires a pose normally restricted to Scottish caber tossers. magician

    Saving Face

  • Inman moved as one would under water, effortfully and slow, out to the front porch.

    Cold Mountain

  • But the men mounted up and headed back down the road, Pistol leading the hog, which trotted along effortfully at the end of the rope.

    Cold Mountain

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