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effortful

[ef-ert-fuh l] /ˈɛf ərt fəl/
adjective
1.
marked by effort or exertion; labored.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; effort + -ful
Related forms
effortfully, adverb
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  • The second sentence flows smoothly but contains the wonderfully effortful word strainedly.
  • The next thing he does is fling it with effortful nonchalance into the luggage rack.
  • But there was an effortful quality to his singing that seemed a worrisome sign that he might be pushing his voice.

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