Ineffectual In`ef*fec"tu*al (?; 135), a. Not producing the proper effect; without effect; inefficient; weak; useless; futile; unavailing; as, an ineffectual attempt; an ineffectual expedient. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The peony root has been much commended, . . . and yet has been by many found ineffectual. --Boyle.

Syn: Inefficient; useless; inefficacious; vain; fruitless; unavailing; futile. See {Useless}, {Inefficacious}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • ineffectual — (adj.) early 15c., from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + EFFECTUAL (Cf. effectual). Related: Ineffectually; ineffectuality …   Etymology dictionary

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  • ineffectual — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not producing any or the desired effect. 2) lacking adequate forcefulness in a role or situation. DERIVATIVES ineffectuality noun ineffectually adverb ineffectualness noun …   English terms dictionary

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