effortful

[ef-ert-fuhl]
adjective
marked by effort or exertion; labored.

Origin:
1895–1900; effort + -ful

effortfully, adverb
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effort (ˈɛfət)
 
n
1.  physical or mental exertion, usually considerable when unqualified: the rock was moved with effort
2.  a determined attempt: our effort to save him failed
3.  achievement; creation: a great literary effort
4.  physics an applied force acting against inertia
 
[C15: from Old French esfort, from esforcier to force, ultimately from Latin fortis strong; see force1]
 
'effortful
 
adj

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Example sentences
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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