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[in-i-fek-choo-uh l] /ˌɪn ɪˈfɛk tʃu əl/
not effectual; without satisfactory or decisive effect:
an ineffectual remedy.
unavailing; futile:
His efforts to sell the house were ineffectual.
powerless; impotent.
Origin of ineffectual
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see in-3, effectual
Related forms
ineffectuality, ineffectualness, noun
ineffectually, adverb
2. ineffective, fruitless, pointless, abortive. See useless. 3. feeble, weak. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for ineffectual


having no effect or an inadequate effect
lacking in power or forcefulness; impotent: an ineffectual ruler
Derived Forms
ineffectuality, ineffectualness, noun
ineffectually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ineffectual

early 15c., from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + effectual. Related: Ineffectually; ineffectuality.

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