effective


effective
effective ef‧fec‧tive [ɪˈfektɪv] adjective
1. working well and producing the result or effect that was wanted or intended:

• The company mounted a very effective publicity campaign.

• The 7% increase in sales shows that the company has become more effective in marketing its services.

— see also cost-effective
2. [not before a noun] if a law, agreement, or system becomes effective, it officially starts:
effective from

• The new rates are effective from 22 February.

3. [only before a noun] real, although not obvious or officially recognized:

• Following the takeover, they now have effective control of the German computer market.

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effective UK US /ɪˈfektɪv/ adjective
successful in achieving the result that you want: »

You need a workable, effective strategy for developing your business.

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Personal charisma alone does not make someone an effective leader.

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The consumer council must have clear duties and strong powers if it is to be effective.

having started to operate or be used: »

The new Investment Management Agreements became effective on 1st November.

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He announced his resignation, effective immediately.

[before noun] used to describe what is actually true, although it may not be intended or stated: »

The remainder of the stock is owned by a consortium of banks which are in effective control of the hotel.

See also COST-EFFECTIVE(Cf. cost-effective)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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