Adjective: effective i'fek-tiv
- Producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect
"an air-cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-distance transportation"; "effective teaching methods"; "made an effective entrance";
- effectual, efficacious
- Able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively
"people who will do nothing unless they get something out of it for themselves are often highly effective persons..."; "effective personnel";
- Works well as a means or remedy
"an effective reprimand"; "a lotion that is effective in cases of prickly heat"
- Exerting force or influence
"the law is effective immediately";
- good, in effect, in force
- Existing in fact; not theoretical; real
"a decline in the effective demand"; "confused increased equipment and expenditure with the quantity of effective work done"
- (military) ready for service
"the fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers"
See also: actual, competent, effectiveness, effectivity, effectuality, effectualness, efficacious, efficient, existent, hard-hitting, impelling, impressive, operational, operative, potent, powerful, rough-and-ready, stiff, strong, telling, trenchant, useful, utile