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Effective in a Sentence

Examples of effective in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of effective, followed by 36 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(adjective) - able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively

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EXAMPLES - Effective in a Sentence

  1. "My worst enemy made the phrase effective at any rate, Miss Deane." (source)
  2. How effective is U.S. intel with 1,300 govt. orgs & 2,000 private companies? (source)
  3. He had likewise strong intelligence, and a power of coining effective phrases. (source)
  4. Surveys show that some believe that it refers to effective economic management. (source)
  5. Mr. Raymond Thorberg, as Instructor in English, effective September 17, 1953, at (source)
  6. Mr. Charles A. Herring, as Instructor in English, effective September 17, 1953, at (source)
  7. Someone coined the effective slogan: "If it's Man or Slime Moulds, I vote for Man!" (source)
  8. We should invest in effective education rather than ineffective arrest and incarceration. (source)
  9. The Company estimates a long-term effective tax rate of 25 percent based on the blend of its U.S. (source)
  10. Just about the only aspect of the Colts 'running game that's effective is short-yardage situations. (source)
  11. Hatfield appointed village resident Paul Kitzmiller to fill the unexpired term effective immediately. (source)
  12. As a result, all U.S. carrier flights covered by the rule will be subject to its terms effective April (source)
  13. Parks, like educational institutions, are not cost effective from a banker's or economist's perspective. (source)
  14. Mr. Thomas McFarland as Instructor in English, effective in September, 1956, at a session salary of $4,500. (source)
  15. She added, "When the capacity to be effective is diminished or lost, then I think we have lost our humanity." (source)
  16. Mr. Oliver Lee Steele, Jr., as Junior Instructor in English, effective in September, 1958, at a salary of $4,750 (source)
  17. Depowering congressional decision making may be short term effective, but long term it leads to dysfunctionality. (source)
  18. Mr. Richard A. Johnson, Instructor in English, effective 30 June 1965, to accept a position at Mt. Holyoke College. (source)
  19. I also predicted that consumers ultimately would be able to find alternatives to obtain "effective and credible education." (source)
  20. There are already programs in place to help the poor; perhaps streamling them so that they are more effective is the answer. (source)
  21. To stay afloat when a company is in effective competition with an expanding government, the only solution is increased productivity. (source)
  22. In essence, the long-term effective incarceration in our adult criminal system seems to be that oftentimes we mold more-harden criminals. (source)
  23. And, also, it wants to discuss effective measures, what it calls effective measures to avoid similar incidents from happening in the future. (source)
  24. Mr. Thaddeus Constantine Lockard, Jr., as Instructor in English, effective at the beginning of the session of 1953-54, at a salary of $3,000. (source)
  25. And the Department of Homeland Security says it has what it calls effective control of less than 15 percent of our southern border with Mexico. (source)
  26. How effective is the risk of a 1% fine in deterring CEOs from creating non-authentic earnings to keep their companies healthy in Wall Street's eyes? (source)
  27. This naturally reduces the long term effective population, and so makes the X more susceptible to stochastic fluctuations in frequency such as random genetic drift. (source)
  28. Authorized to reappoint Peter Hinckley as an Assistance Attorney General at a salary level of $75,500 for a term effective October 14, 2009 through October 14, 2010. (source)
  29. And this morning, the President at the ground breaking, made the point that this is going to be a place where service members could get what he called effective accountable care. (source)
  30. Thus the current government seems to be taking advantage of the fact that there little help would go a long and thus have not made any real long term effective development projects. (source)
  31. That makes some sense Brad except for the fact that Kyoto exempts developing nations so how effective is it as a tool to hold growth down in developing countries relative to Europeans? (source)
  32. Notice, too, the technocratic euphemism describing old-line conservatism: "Cost effective" is code for a mayor who most recently threatened layoffs unless police agreed to give up previously negotiated pay raises. (source)
  33. Even when it comes to the third of the ways I spoke of as effective in dealing with the tenement-house problem, the building of model structures, the personal interest in the matter must form a large share of the capital invested, if it is to yield full returns. (source)
  34. We assume a 28% tax rate in order to approximate our long-term effective corporate tax rate, which includes certain benefits from net operating loss carryforwards, tax deductible goodwill and amortization, and a low tax-rate jurisdiction for a certain corporate holding company. (source)
  35. As we said last quarter, while we continue to estimate our longer term effective tax rate will approximate the mid 30s, the impact of tax credits, potential changes in valuation allowances, and non-taxable items like COLI can have significant impacts relative to lower levels of pre-tax income or loss. (source)
  36. I didn't oppose the war because I DID understand before the war that it wasn't really about WMDs but about destabilizing the whole region and replace the stagnant autocratic tyranny with the dynamism of democratic revolution as the only long term effective measure for preventing jihadis breeding in the stagnant swamps. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 36 example sentences provided below is 46.0, which suggests that "effective" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 41 synonyms for effective.

able, active, adequate, capable, cogent, compelling, competent, convincing, direct, effectual, efficacious, efficient, emphatic, energetic, forceful, forcible, having lead in pencil, impressive, live, moving, on the ball, operative, playing hardball, potent, powerful, powerhouse, practical, producing, resultant, serviceable, serving, sound, striking, sufficient, telling, trenchant, useful, valid, virtuous, wicked, yielding


We have 16 antonyms for effective.

fruitless, helpless, impotent, inadequate, incapable, incompetent, ineffective, inefficient, inoperative, insufficient, unable, unproductive, unsuccessful, useless, weak, worthless


Pronunciation: (ĭ-fĕkˈtĭv)

Syllabification: ef-fect-ive


View up to 25 definitions of effective from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Having an intended or expected effect.
  2. (adjective) Producing a strong impression or response; striking: gave an effective performance as Othello.
  3. (adjective) Operative; in effect: The law is effective immediately.
  4. (adjective) Existing in fact; actual: a decline in the effective demand.
  5. (adjective) Prepared for use or action, especially in warfare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) Having the power to produce a required effect or effects.
  2. (adjective) Producing a decided or decisive effect.
  3. (adjective) Efficient, serviceable, or operative, available for useful work.
  4. (adjective) Actually in effect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adjective) Having the power to produce an effect or effects; producing a decided or decisive effect; efficient; serviceable; operative
  2. (noun) That which produces a given effect; a cause.
  3. (noun) One who is capable of active service.
  4. (noun) Specie or coin, as distinguished from paper currency; -- a term used in many parts of Europe.
  5. (noun) The serviceable soldiers in a country; an army or any military body, collectively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) Serving to effect the intended purpose; producing the intended or expected effect or result; operative; efficacious: as, an effective cause; effective proceedings.
  2. (None) Capable of producing effect; fit for action or duty; adapted for a desired end: as, the effective force of an army or of a steam-engine is so much; effective capacity.
  3. (None) Serving to impress or affect with admiration; producing a decided impression of beauty or a feeling of admiration at the first presentation; impressive; striking; specifically, artistically strong or successful: as, an effective performance; an effective picture.
  4. (None) Actual; real.
  5. (noun) The number of men actually doing duty, or the strength of a company, a regiment, or an army, in the field or on parade.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adjective) able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively
  2. (adjective) existing in fact; not theoretical; real
  3. (adjective) ready for service
  4. (adjective) works well as a means or remedy
  5. (adjective) producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect