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effectual (adj.)

"producing an effect; having power to produce an effect," late 14c., Old French effectuel, from Late Latin effectualis, from Latin effectus "accomplishment, performance" (see effect (n.)). Used properly of actions (not agents) and with a sense "having the effect aimed at" (effective, by contrast, is used of the agent or the thing done and with a sense "having great effect"). Related: Effectually; effectualness.

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Definitions of effectual from WordNet

effectual (adj.)
producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect; "an air-cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-distance transportation"-LewisMumford;
his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action
Synonyms: effective / efficacious
effectual (adj.)
having legal efficacy or force;
Synonyms: legal / sound
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