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- 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. legal, sound, effectual, valid (vs. invalid)
- usage: having legal efficacy or force; "a sound title to the property"
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