a. Having an intended or expected effect.
b. Producing a strong impression or response; striking: gave an effective performance as Othello.
2. Operative; in effect: The law is effective immediately.
3. Existing in fact; actual: a decline in the effective demand.
4. Prepared for use or action, especially in combat.
A soldier or a piece of military equipment that is ready for combat.
ef·fective·ness, ef′fec·tivi·ty n.
Synonyms: effective, effectual, efficacious
These adjectives mean producing or capable of producing a desired effect: an effective reprimand; an effectual complaint; an efficacious remedy.
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