ineffectual

[in-i-fek-choo-uhl]
adjective
1.
not effectual; without satisfactory or decisive effect: an ineffectual remedy.
2.
unavailing; futile: His efforts to sell the house were ineffectual.
3.
powerless; impotent.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English; see in-3, effectual

ineffectuality, ineffectualness, noun
ineffectually, adverb


2. ineffective, fruitless, pointless, abortive. See useless. 3. feeble, weak.
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ineffectual (ˌɪnɪˈfɛktʃʊəl)
 
adj
1.  having no effect or an inadequate effect
2.  lacking in power or forcefulness; impotent: an ineffectual ruler
 
ineffectu'ality
 
n
 
inef'fectualness
 
n
 
inef'fectually
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

ineffectual
early 15c., from in- "not" + effectual (see effect).
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Example sentences
Such examples of ineffectual commitments on the part of the food industry
  abound.
But since the first method is often ineffectual, it becomes necessary to resort
  to the second.
She was not exactly pleased to have been dragged in by her owners at the end of
  her mostly ineffectual retractable leash.
It fuses ineffectual elements of discontent into a program that can pack quite
  a wallop.
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