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  • ready for service
    • the fort was held by about 100 effective soldiers
  • existing in fact; not theoretical; real
    • a decline in the effective demand
    • confused increased equipment and expenditure with the quantity of effective work done
  • exerting force or influence
    • the law is effective immediately
    • a warranty good for two years
    • the law is already in effect (or in force)
  • works well as a means or remedy
    • an effective reprimand
    • a lotion that is effective in cases of prickly heat
  • 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...-G.B.Shaw
    • effective personnel
    • an efficient secretary
    • the efficient cause of the revolution
  • 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
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