• (adj): Producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect.
    Example: "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"
    Synonyms: effectual, efficacious
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "effective":

  • (adj): Works well as a means or remedy.
    Example: "An effective reprimand"; "a lotion that is effective in cases of prickly heat"
  • (adj): Able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively.
    Example: "People who will do nothing unless they get something out of it for themselves are often highly effective persons..."-G.B.Shaw; "effective personnel"
    Synonyms: efficient
  • (adj): Equipped and ready for service.
    Example: "The fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers"
  • (adj): Exerting force or influence.
    Example: "The law is effective immediately"
    Synonyms: good, in effect, in force
  • (adj): Existing in fact; not theoretical; real.
    Example: "A decline in the effective demand"; "confused increased equipment and expenditure with the quantity of effective work done"

Famous quotes containing the word effective:

    I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.
    Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885)

    A nation fights well in proportion to the amount of men and materials it has. And the other equation is that the individual soldier in that army is a more effective soldier the poorer his standard of living has been in the past.
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923)

    Gestures ..., in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words.
    François Rabelais (1494–1553)