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Dictionary definition for: Effective

1. (a) 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; "effective teaching methods" "effective steps towar

2. (s) able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively; "people who will do nothing unless they get something out of it for themselves are often highly effective persons..."-G.B.Shaw; "effective personnel" "an efficient secretary" "the efficient cause of

3. (s) works well as a means or remedy; "an effective reprimand" "a lotion that is effective in cases of prickly heat"

4. (s) exerting force or influence; "the law is effective immediately" "a warranty good for two years" "the law is already in effect (or in force)

5. (s) existing in fact; not theoretical; real; "a decline in the effective demand" "confused increased equipment and expenditure with the quantity of effective work done"

6. (s) equipped and ready for service; "the fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers"

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