effective


effective
adj.
1 producing the result you want
VERBS
be, look, prove, seem
make sth
find sth

We find advertising on the radio very effective.

ADVERB
extremely, fairly, very, etc.
enormously, especially, extraordinarily, highly, incredibly, remarkably, tremendously

a highly effective technique

completely, fully, totally, truly
especially, particularly
moderately, partially, reasonably
equally
generally

The drug is generally effective in reducing pain.

increasingly
surprisingly
consistently
enough

This method is effective enough with greenfly.

not sufficiently
immediately
potentially
devastatingly, powerfully

Sneezes are devastatingly effective at spreading infection.

politically

What makes a speech politically effective?

PREPOSITION
at

effective at keeping out the wind

in

effective in helping people to stop smoking

2 of laws/rules
VERBS
be
become
remain
ADVERB
fully
partially
directly, immediately

directly effective treaty provisions

legally
Effective is used with these nouns: ↑action, ↑administration, ↑advocate, ↑agent, ↑aid, ↑alternative, ↑answer, ↑antibiotic, ↑antidote, ↑barrier, ↑birth control, ↑blockade, ↑camouflage, ↑campaign, ↑campaigner, ↑challenge, ↑change, ↑channel, ↑collaboration, ↑communication, ↑contraception, ↑contraceptive, ↑control, ↑cooperation, ↑coordination, ↑counter, ↑counter-attack, ↑critique, ↑cure, ↑date, ↑defence, ↑delegation, ↑deployment, ↑deterrent, ↑diplomacy, ↑discipline, ↑drug, ↑enforcement, ↑engagement, ↑execution, ↑exercise, ↑exploitation, ↑expression, ↑implementation, ↑instrument, ↑intervention, ↑leader, ↑leadership, ↑learning, ↑legislation, ↑liaison, ↑management, ↑marketing, ↑means, ↑measure, ↑mechanism, ↑method, ↑mode, ↑monopoly, ↑operation, ↑opposition, ↑organization, ↑participation, ↑partnership, ↑piece, ↑ploy, ↑policy, ↑presentation, ↑protection, ↑reform, ↑remedy, ↑removal, ↑representation, ↑resistance, ↑resolution, ↑response, ↑ruler, ↑safeguard, ↑sanction, ↑solution, ↑strategy, ↑supervision, ↑system, ↑teaching, ↑teamwork, ↑technique, ↑tool, ↑treatment, ↑use, ↑vaccine, ↑veto, ↑way, ↑weapon, ↑writing

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  • effective — ef·fec·tive adj 1: producing a desired effect an effective revocation of the contract 2: capable of bringing about an effect effective assistance of counsel see also ineffective assistance o …   Law dictionary

  • effective — effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient 1. All these words mean ‘having an effect’ of some kind, but with different applications and shades of meaning. Effective means ‘having a definite or desired effect’ that is actual rather than… …   Modern English usage

  • Effective — Ef*fect ive, a. [L. effectivus: cf. F. effectif.] Having the power to produce an effect or effects; producing a decided or decisive effect; efficient; serviceable; operative; as, an effective force, remedy, speech; the effective men in a regiment …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Effective — Ef*fect ive, n. 1. That which produces a given effect; a cause. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. One who is capable of active service. [1913 Webster] He assembled his army 20,000 effectives at Corinth. W. P. Johnston. [1913 Webster] 3. [F. effectif …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • effective — late 14c., from Fr. effectif, from L. effectivus productive, effective, from effect , stem of efficere (see EFFECT (Cf. effect)). Effectively in the sense of actually is attested by 1650s. Related: Effectivity …   Etymology dictionary

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  • effective — ► ADJECTIVE 1) producing a desired or intended result. 2) (of a law or policy) operative. 3) existing in fact, though not formally acknowledged as such. DERIVATIVES effectively adverb effectiveness noun effectivity noun …   English terms dictionary

  • effective */*/*/ — UK [ɪˈfektɪv] / US adjective 1) a) someone or something that is effective works well and produces the result that was intended You need more effective communication within the organization. Humour is often far more effective than shouting. The… …   English dictionary


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