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Having legal force; valid
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  1. Having legal force; valid
  2. Producing, or able to produce, the desired effect
  3. Producing or sufficient to produce a desired effect.
Being of practical use:
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  1. Being of practical use:
  2. Having a beneficial use; serviceable:
  3. That can be used to advantage; serviceable; helpful; beneficial; often, having practical utility
Acting directly to produce an effect:
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  1. Acting directly to produce an effect:
  2. Causing less waste or requiring less effort than comparable devices or methods. Used in combination:
  3. Producing a desired effect, product, etc. with a minimum of effort, expense, or waste; working well
Producing or capable of producing the desired effect; having the intended result; effective
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  1. Producing or capable of producing the desired effect; having the intended result; effective
Adequate for its purpose
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  1. Adequate for its purpose
  2. (Archaic) Willing to serve
  3. That will give good service, esp. in hard use; durable
Connected with physical work or mechanical action
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  1. Connected with physical work or mechanical action
  2. Effectual or important.
  3. Having the power of acting; hence, exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects.
Involving or requiring physical exertion and energy:
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  1. Involving or requiring physical exertion and energy:
  2. Producing an intended action or effect:
  3. Currently in use or effect:
Competent; well-qualified; able
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  1. Competent; well-qualified; able
  2. (Archaic) Competent; qualified.
  3. As much as is needed; equal to what is specified or required; enough
Sufficient to satisfy a requirement or meet a need.
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  1. Sufficient to satisfy a requirement or meet a need.
  2. Enough or good enough for what is required or needed; sufficient; suitable
  3. Barely satisfactory; acceptable but not remarkable
Of or relating to a linguistic element or rule that can be used to form further examples of a particular feature or pattern. The English past tense suffix –ed is productive since it continues to be added to new verbs to form the past tense.
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  1. Of or relating to a linguistic element or rule that can be used to form further examples of a particular feature or pattern. The English past tense suffix –ed is productive since it continues to be added to new verbs to form the past tense.
  2. Effective in achieving specified results; originative. Used with of :
  3. Yielding favorable or useful results; constructive:
Permitting an action to be performed:
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  1. Permitting an action to be performed:
  2. Having ability; able to do things well; skilled; competent
  3. Having the ability required for a specific task or accomplishment; qualified:
Well qualified; capable; fit
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  1. Well qualified; capable; fit
  2. Properly or sufficiently qualified; capable:
  3. Having sufficient skill, knowledge, ability, or qualifications.
Producing a good yield; productive
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  1. Producing a good yield; productive
  2. Bending easily; flexible
  3. Inclined to give way to pressure, argument, or influence; docile.
Usable; workable; useful and sensible
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  1. Usable; workable; useful and sensible
  2. Of, relating to, governed by, or acquired through practice or action, rather than theory or speculation:
  3. Capable of or suitable to being used or put into effect; useful:
  1. Well grounded or justifiable, pertinent.
  2. Acceptable, proper or correct.
  3. Having merit, as in, “given the facts presented in this case, it is valid to conclude that she did what she was charged with having done.”
Revealing previously unknown information.
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  1. Revealing previously unknown information.
  2. That tells or reveals much
  3. Having force and producing a striking effect.
Arresting the attention and producing a vivid impression on the sight or the mind.
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  1. Arresting the attention and producing a vivid impression on the sight or the mind.
  2. Of that which makes a strong impression.
  3. Very noticeable or impressive; specif., very attractive in appearance
With assertive force; powerful.
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  1. With assertive force; powerful.
  2. Characterized by or full of force; effective:
  3. Full of force; powerful, vigorous, effective, cogent, etc.
(Mining) Large; capacious; said of veins of ore.
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  1. (Mining) Large; capacious; said of veins of ore.
  2. Effective or potent:
  3. Having much power; strong or influential
  1. Requiring urgent attention.
  2. Urgently requiring attention:
  3. Irresistibly or keenly interesting, attractive, etc.; captivating
Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning; convincing:
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  1. Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning; convincing:
  2. Forceful and to the point, as a reason or argument; compelling; convincing
  3. Convincing; strongly appealing; compelling action, assent, or belief. Convincing; strongly appealing; compelling action, assent, or belief.
(Figuratively) Keen; biting; vigorously effective and articulate; severe; as, trenchant wit.
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  1. (Figuratively) Keen; biting; vigorously effective and articulate; severe; as, trenchant wit.
  2. Forceful and clear; penetrating:
  3. Forceful; vigorous; effective
Having legal force; valid
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  1. Having legal force; valid
  2. Producing, or able to produce, the desired effect
  3. Producing or sufficient to produce a desired effect.
Producing or capable of producing the desired effect; having the intended result; effective
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  1. Producing or capable of producing the desired effect; having the intended result; effective
Causing less waste or requiring less effort than comparable devices or methods. Used in combination:
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  1. Causing less waste or requiring less effort than comparable devices or methods. Used in combination:
  2. Producing a desired effect, product, etc. with a minimum of effort, expense, or waste; working well
  3. Acting or producing effectively with a minimum of waste, expense, or unnecessary effort:
Producing or capable of producing crops, goods, or services, especially in abundance:
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  1. Producing or capable of producing crops, goods, or services, especially in abundance:
  2. Yielding favorable or useful results; constructive:
  3. (Medicine) Producing mucus or sputum:
Characterized by much activity and vigor, especially in bringing about change; energetic and forceful.
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  1. Characterized by much activity and vigor, especially in bringing about change; energetic and forceful.
  2. Energetic; vigorous; forceful
  3. Powerful; energetic.
Characterized by or full of force; effective:
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  1. Characterized by or full of force; effective:
  2. With assertive force; powerful.
  3. Full of force; powerful, vigorous, effective, cogent, etc.
Done or effected by force; involving the use of force
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  1. Done or effected by force; involving the use of force
  2. Characterized by force; powerful.
  3. Having a powerful effect; telling
(Informal) Forceful, aggressive, boldly frank, etc.
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  1. (Informal) Forceful, aggressive, boldly frank, etc.
  2. Effective; forceful.
  3. Aggressively vigorous or forceful
Having or capable of exerting power.
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  1. Having or capable of exerting power.
  2. Effective or potent:
  3. Having much power; strong or influential
Having force or rapidity of motion:
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  1. Having force or rapidity of motion:
  2. Clear and loud:
  3. Powerfully effective:
Strong and healthy; robust:
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  1. Strong and healthy; robust:
  2. Physically strong and active.
  3. Forceful or powerful; strong; energetic
Of, intended for, or involved in military operations.
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  1. Of, intended for, or involved in military operations.
  2. Of or ready for use in a military operation
  3. Effective or operative.
Of primary importance; key; essential
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  1. Of primary importance; key; essential
  2. Producing the appropriate or designed effect; efficacious.
  3. Having the power of acting; hence, exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects.

Synonym Study

  • Efficient implies skill and economy of energy in producing the desired result and when applied to persons implies competence an efficient machine, an efficient worker
  • Effectual specifically implies the production of the desired effect or result in a decisive manner an effectual reply to his charge
  • Efficacious refers to that which is capable of producing the desired effect or result an efficacious remedy
  • Effective is applied to that which produces a definite effect or result an effective speaker
Find another word for effective. In this page you can discover 46 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for effective, like: producing the expected result, effectual, useful, efficient, efficacious, serviceable, producing the desired result, operative, active, in-force and in-effect.