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efficacy

[ef-i-kuh-see] /ˈɛf ɪ kə si/
noun, plural efficacies.
1.
capacity for producing a desired result or effect; effectiveness:
a remedy of great efficacy.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin efficācia, equivalent to efficāc- (see efficacious) + -ia -y3
Related forms
nonefficacy, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for efficacies

efficacy

/ˈɛfɪkəsɪ/
noun
1.
the quality of being successful in producing an intended result; effectiveness
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Word Origin and History for efficacies

efficacy

n.

1520s, from Latin efficacia "efficacy, efficiency," from efficax (genitive efficacis) "powerful, effective," from stem of efficere "work out, accomplish" (see effect). Earlier in same sense was efficace (c.1200), from Old French eficace (14c.), from Latin efficacia; also efficacite (early 15c.), from Latin efficacitatem.

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