AskDefine | Define effectual

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effectual adj
1 sufficient to produce a result; "a man to whom painting was but another and less effectual way of writing dramas or novels or history" [ant: ineffectual]
2 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"-LewisMumford; "effective teaching methods"; "effective steps toward peace"; "made an effective entrance"; "his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action"; "an efficacious law" [syn: effective, efficacious] [ant: ineffective]
3 exerting or capable of exerting strong physiological or chemical effects; "an effectual vaccine"

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  1. Producing the intended result; entirely adequate.

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