Saturday, November 04, 2000
ineffectual adjective [in-ih-FEK-choo-uhl] Not producing the proper effect; without effect; weak; useless; futile; unavailing.
Definitions for ineffectual
- Not producing the proper effect; without effect; weak; useless; futile; unavailing.
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Citations for ineffectual
Rush, the aging black Labrador that had waited patiently outside during lunch, ran joyfully on the beach, splashing in the water, making ineffectual attempts to catch a seagull.
The case sobered Coley not only because of the speed with which the cancer killed, but because of the crude, puny, and utterly ineffectual obstacles hurled by her doctors to impede its fatal course.
Origin of ineffectual
late Middle English
Ineffectual ultimately comes from Latin in-, negative prefix + effectus, "effect, result," from efficere, "to produce, to effect," from ex, "out of" + facere, "to make."