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Definition of the adjective effective

What does effective mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more effective / most effective

  1. producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect
  2. able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively
    • examples: people who will do nothing unless they get something out of it for themselves are often highly effective persons... | effective personnel
    • synonym of effective: efficient
    • similar: competent
  3. works well as a means or remedy
    • examples: an effective reprimand | a lotion that is effective in cases of prickly heat
    • similar: efficacious
  4. exerting force or influence
  5. existing in fact; not theoretical; real
    • examples: a decline in the effective demand | confused increased equipment and expenditure with the quantity of effective work done
    • similar: actual / existent
  6. ready for service

Alternative definition of the adjective effective


  1. Having the power to produce an effect or effects.
  2. Producing a decided or decisive effect.
  3. Efficient, serviceable, or operative.
  4. Actually in effect.


"Effective" is the debut album by R&B group Side Effect. Released in 1973, this was the group's first and only album for Canadian-based GAS Records.


Effective is a database of predicted bacterial secreted proteins.

Phrases with Effective

  1. Effective dose
  2. Effective Energy
  3. Effective radiated power
  4. Brake Mean Effective Pressure
  5. cost-effective

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Effective

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Google previewDialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training with Adolescents (2015)

A Practical Workbook for Therapists, Teens & Parents by Jean Eich, PsyD, LP

Being Effective also means following the rules. This is because we can get into...

Worksheet Effectively Examples Remember that being Effective means doing what DBT Skills Training with Adolescents 22 ...

Google previewSurviving the Emotional Roller Coaster (2016)

DBT Skills to Help Teens Manage Emotions by Sheri Van Dijk

Being effective means different things to different people, and different things in different situations. It means weighing your...

Being effective means doing what works and what moves you closer to your long-term goals. That, of course, means ...

Google previewFive Good Ideas (2011)

Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success by Alan Broadbent, Ratna Omidvar

Being effective means being right only at the end. Often the best leaders and innovators work hard to protect seedling ideas because one day they will sprout up into something marvellous. We must learn to remove our egos from the thinking ...

Google previewFor the Least of These (2015)

A Biblical Answer to Poverty by Anne R. Bradley, Arthur W. Lindsley

Being effective means recognizing that there is a difference between shortterm aid, which is important and necessary, and the longterm elimination of poverty, which is the best defense against receding back into material poverty and the most ...

Google previewHow Healthcare Can be Saved (2011)

by Douglas A. Perednia

Being effective means that the system should do a good job of preventing and treating medical problems within the limits of the nation's available science and resources. Fairness is needed because there is a general sense that, within the ...

Google previewStrategies for Successful Classroom Management (2007)

Helping Students Succeed Without Losing Your Dignity or Sanity by Brian D. Mendler, Richard L. Curwin, Allen N. Mendler

Being effective means that we do whatever is necessary with each student to promote success and responsibility. Since many of us were trained to believe that good discipline requires a consistent approach, many schools persist in offering ...

Google previewDictionary of Geophysics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy (2001)

by Richard A. Matzner

effective pressure independent theory but part of some nonabelian unified ( Grand Unification) theory in which the asymptotic freedom (or finiteness) takes place. At the energies comparable to the Planck energy the local quantum field theory ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Educational Psychology (2008)

by Neil J. Salkind

The term good teaching changed to effective teaching, and the research focus shifted from studying ...

Google previewDictionary of Environmental Engineering and Wastewater Treatment (2016)

by Alireza Bahadori, Scott T. Smith

Effective. Clearance. The vertical distance measured from the lowest point on the cutting edge of any tillage too/up to any part of the tillage implement potentially obstructive to vegetation or residue flow through it. This measurement gives a ...

Google previewLewis' Dictionary of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (1999)

by Jeffrey Wayne Vincoli

effective dose (ED) 4. take steps to communicate the above to all employees and agents, 5. take reasonable steps to achieve compliance with its standards, 6. consistently enforce standards through disciplinary mechanisms, and 7. respond ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity (2014)

by Linwood H. Cousins

researchers notedin the 1990sthatlittle researchhad been done toidentify effective literacy teachingstrategies, a gap remedied bya numberofstudies based onextensive observation of instructors intheir classrooms. The conclusion ofthis ...

Google previewAn International Dictionary of Accounting and Taxation (2004)

Twelve Thousand Plus Entries on Accounting, Auditing and Taxation in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia by Guy Wanjialin

economic production run size effective net worth economic production run size particular size of production that can minimize the total annual cost of setting up and carrying inventory. economic profit <1> residual profit after explicit and implicit ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Composite Materials (1989)

by Anthony Kelly

Effective Elastic Constants The effective elastic constants of a composite material are commonly defined as the quantities that relate the average stress a-ti to the average strain £,; in a representative volume element V. Mathematically, ...

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Quotes about Effective

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. (Stephen Covey)
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Scrabble value of E1F4F4E1C3T1I1V4E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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