Adjective "Effective" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Successful in producing a desired or intended result.
  1. 'We have been effective in changing cultural practices in businesses.'
  2. 'Until we have a good picture of the extent and nature of poverty we can't develop sustainable, effective policy responses.'
  3. 'A container deposit system is also effective in increasing environmental awareness.'
  4. 'And why weren't they more effective in persuading the Indonesians of the importance of this case to Australia?'
  5. 'First, effective rule requires combining ideological, economic, military and political power.'
  6. 'Farmers' markets have proved particularly effective in raising awareness of quality local produce which so often gets overlooked.'
  7. 'A positive approach may be helpful and perhaps more effective in the long run than criticism.'
  8. 'This is not a pretty movie, although it is effective in what it intends to do.'
  9. 'To overcome these problems, the new government should first study the causes and then frame concrete and effective policies.'
  10. 'It destroys the confidence of minorities in the police necessary for effective law enforcement.'
  11. 'the regulation will be effective from January'
  12. 'The appointments are effective from the date of the merger and subject to RBI approval, a bank press release said.'
  13. 'The new rate increase was to be effective from Jan.1, meaning phone bills for January were set to be based on the new higher rate.'
  14. 'North Lincolnshire Council confirmed that a stop notice was effective from midnight.'
Existing in fact, though not formally acknowledged as such.
  1. 'The future buyer would exercise effective control over the bank.'
  2. 'This dynamic is amplified in some localities where large firms have attained effective monopoly power.'
  3. 'We saw the terrible harm the terrorists did when they took effective control of the failed state of Afghanistan.'
  4. 'It is therefore highly necessary to reduce the effective marginal taxation to enhance the incentive to work.'
  5. 'In fact, the effective storage of most hydro tanks is about 18 percent of the total volume.'
  6. 'As the levels of funding increase, the effective return on payroll taxes goes up.'
  7. 'The actual effective coverage date could be later if claims processing systems must be changed.'
  8. 'That will be the near term driver of earnings growth, a higher effective tax charge notwithstanding.'
  9. 'In the newly joined member states generally, the effective tax rate is well below the nominal one.'


A soldier fit and available for service.
  1. 'In late June, a Russian army of some 42000 had taken advantage of the overextended lines of communication of Charles XII and his Swedish force of around 19000 effectives, to win an overwhelming victory at Poltava, deep in the Ukraine.'


1. adequate to accomplish a purpose; producing the intended or expected result: effective teaching methods; effective steps toward peace.

2. actually in operation or in force; functioning: The law becomes effective at midnight.

3. producing a deep or vivid impression; striking: an effective photograph.

4. prepared and available for service, especially military service. noun

5. a member of the armed forces fit for duty or active service.

6. the effective total of a mi

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be effective in things."

"rates can be effective for borrowers."

"splits can be effective for shareholders."

"rates can be effective from dates."

"prices can be effective from dates."

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Late Middle English: from Latin effectivus, from efficere ‘accomplish’ (see effect).