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efficacious

[ef-i-key-shuh s] /ˌɛf ɪˈkeɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
capable of having the desired result or effect; effective as a means, measure, remedy, etc.:
The medicine is efficacious in stopping a cough.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin efficāci- (stem of efficāx) effectual. See efficient, -acious
Related forms
efficaciously, adverb
efficaciousness, noun
nonefficacious, adjective
nonefficaciously, adverb
unefficacious, adjective
unefficaciously, adverb
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  • We have found that in most of the common cases a homeopathic remedy is frequently efficacious.
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  • Until they are implemented on a suitable scale and found to be efficacious and sustainable, they remain just ideas.
  • The competition has certainly proved efficacious.
  • Even though we have medications that are efficacious, they're not being used.
  • It is the efficacious use of technology that may enhance teaching not the technology.
  • He points out that conventional medicines must be shown to be both safe and efficacious before they can be licensed for sale.
  • They point out that conventional medicines must be shown to be both safe and efficacious before they can be licensed for sale.
  • Only for adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting did they find clear evidence that acupuncture was efficacious.
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British Dictionary definitions for efficacious

efficacious

/ˌɛfɪˈkeɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
capable of or successful in producing an intended result; effective as a means, remedy, etc
Derived Forms
efficaciously, adverb
efficaciousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin efficāx powerful, efficient, from efficere to achieve; see effect
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Word Origin and History for efficacious
adj.

"sure to have the desired effect" (often of medicines), 1520s, from Latin efficaci-, stem of efficax (see efficacy) + -ous. Related: Efficaciously; efficaciousness.

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