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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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  • Except for this tie of ineffectuality, they had nothing special in common.

  • After the catastrophe, which I attributed to the curse of ineffectuality that pursued me, I must confess that I was glad.

    The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke
  • Being good is to them practically synonymous with ineffectuality; and accomplishment, achievement is its own justification.

  • He pitied the ineffectuality of Septimus with the kind yet half-contemptuous pity of the strong man with a fine nature.

    Septimus William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for ineffectuality

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 ineffectuality

ineffectual

adj.

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

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