• (adj): Works well as a means or remedy.
    Example: "An effective reprimand"; "a lotion that is effective in cases of prickly heat"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "effective":

  • (adj): Existing in fact; not theoretical; real.
    Example: "A decline in the effective demand"; "confused increased equipment and expenditure with the quantity of effective work done"
  • (adj): Equipped and ready for service.
    Example: "The fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers"
  • (adj): Exerting force or influence.
    Example: "The law is effective immediately"
    Synonyms: good, in effect, in force
  • (adj): Producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect.
    Example: "An air-cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-distance transportation"-LewisMumford; "effective teaching methods"; "effective steps toward peace"; "made an effective entrance"
    Synonyms: effectual, efficacious
  • (adj): Able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively.
    Example: "People who will do nothing unless they get something out of it for themselves are often highly effective persons..."-G.B.Shaw; "effective personnel"
    Synonyms: efficient

Famous quotes containing the word effective:

    As in political revolutions, so in paradigm choice—there is no standard higher than the assent of the relevant community. To discover how scientific revolutions are effected, we shall therefore have to examine not only the impact of nature and of logic, but also the techniques of persuasive argumentation effective within the quite special groups that constitute the community of scientists.
    Thomas S. Kuhn (b. 1922)

    [Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)

    Before anything else [Numa] decided that he must instill in his subjects the fear of the gods, this being the most effective measure with an ignorant, and at that time uncultured, people.
    Titus Livius (Livy)