Hypertext Webster Gateway: "effective"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Effective \Ef*fect"ive\, n.
The serviceable soldiers in a country; an army or any
military body, collectively; as, France's effective.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Effective \Ef*fect"ive\, n.
1. That which produces a given effect; a cause. --Jer.

2. One who is capable of active service.

He assembled his army -- 20,000 effectives -- at
Corinth. --W. P.

3. [F. effectif real, effective, real amount.] (Com.) Specie
or coin, as distinguished from paper currency; -- a term
used in many parts of Europe. --Simmonds.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Effective \Ef*fect"ive\, a. [L. effectivus: cf. F. effectif.]
Having the power to produce an effect or effects; producing a
decided or decisive effect; efficient; serviceable;
operative; as, an effective force, remedy, speech; the
effective men in a regiment.

They are not effective of anything, nor leave no work
behind them. --Bacon.

Whosoever is an effective, real cause of doing his
heighbor wrong, is criminal. --Jer. Taylor.

Syn: Efficient; forcible; active; powerful; energetic;
competent. See {Effectual}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: 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: {effectual}, {efficacious}] [ant: {ineffective}]
2: 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" [syn:
3: works well as a means or remedy; "an effective reprimand";
"a lotion that is effective in cases of prickly heat"
4: exerting force or influence; "the law is effective
immediately"; "a warranty good for two years"; "the law is
already in effect (or in force)" [syn: {good}, {in
effect(p)}, {in force(p)}]
5: existing in fact; not theoretical; real; "a decline in the
effective demand"; "confused increased equipment and
expenditure with the quantity of effective work done"
6: (military) equipped and ready for service; "the fort was
held by about 100 effective soldiers"

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