Synonyms of effective


1. effective (vs. ineffective), effectual, efficacious, hard-hitting, trenchant, impelling, impressive, telling, rough-and-ready, efficacious, efficient, potent#3, strong#4, stiff, powerful, useful#1, utile

usage: 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 toward peace"; "made an effective entrance"; "his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action"; "an efficacious law"

2. effective, efficient, competent (vs. incompetent)

usage: 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 the revolution"

3. effective, efficacious (vs. inefficacious)

usage: works well as a means or remedy; "an effective reprimand"; "a lotion that is effective in cases of prickly heat"

4. effective, good, in effect(predicate), in force(predicate), operative (vs. inoperative)

usage: 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. effective, actual (vs. potential), existent

usage: 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. effective, operational (vs. nonoperational)

usage: ready for service; "the fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers"

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