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ineffectual

[in-i-fek-choo-uh l] /ˌɪn ɪˈfɛk tʃu əl/
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 of ineffectual
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see in-3, effectual
Related forms
ineffectuality, ineffectualness, noun
ineffectually, adverb
Synonyms
2. ineffective, fruitless, pointless, abortive. See useless. 3. feeble, weak.
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  • Its leading spirit appears no more among his devoted comrades, and without him they are ineffectual.

    Tales of Mean Streets Arthur Morrison
  • The same thoughts might look cold and ineffectual, in a printed book.

    A Book of Autographs Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • This act of retirement was ineffectual; indeed, it led to worse consequences.

  • Ione struggled to her feet and tried to help, but her efforts were ineffectual.

    The Einstein See-Saw Miles John Breuer
  • A policeman made an ineffectual attempt to stop them at Twenty-third Street, but quickly stepped aside to avoid being run down.

    Mortmain Arthur Cheny Train
British Dictionary definitions for ineffectual

ineffectual

/ˌɪnɪˈfɛktʃʊəl/
adjective
1.
having no effect or an inadequate effect
2.
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
adj.

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

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