effective effective  /ɪ ˈfɛk tɪv/


  1. (adj) producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect
  2. (adj) works well as a means or remedy
  3. (adj) able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively
  4. (adj) exerting force or influence
  5. (adj) existing in fact; not theoretical; real
  6. (adj) ready for service

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  1. If you have to sell a house, you're probably wondering what's the smartest, most cost-effective approach.
  2. An experimental drug no one expected to work is surprisingly effective at rooting out cholesterol.
  3. Only 12% feel it would not be effective.


  1. Red Sox back effective Lackey, halt Baltimore drought

    Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes homered to back an effective pitching performance by John Lackey, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Orioles 5-4 Saturday to end a five-game losing streak in Baltimore.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: CBS Sports

  2. Effective Communications Month: Tips for navigating common workplace situations

    (6/14) by Halley Bock, CEO Fierce, Inc. June is Effective Communications Month, but honing effective conversation skills should be a year-round endeavor. Effective Communications Month simply serves as a reminder to remain honest and transparent, to value a healthy debate, and to consistently seek and encourage multiple perspectives. To get you started, here are four common workplace situations ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: HR.BLR.com

  3. Lilly says arthritis pill effective in mid-stage study

    (Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co and Incyte Corp said their experimental drug was effective in reducing painful symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis after 52 weeks of treatment. The drug, baricitinib, is part of a new family of medicines called JAK inhibitors that block enzymes believed to be involved in the inflammatory process. If approved, the pill will compete against injected ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. In a message from his office, Martinez said he would "step down from public office, effective on a successor taking office to fill out the remainder of my term."
    on Aug 7, 2009 By: Mel Martinez Source: Bizjournals.com

  2. "Although conventional interest rate policy is constrained by the fact that nominal interest rates cannot fall below zero, the second arrow in the Federal Reserve's quiver - the provision of liquidity - remains effective," Mr Bernanke said.
    on Dec 1, 2008 By: Ben Bernanke Source: The Australian

  3. Goodell said he did not suspend Belichick because, "The discipline I am imposing of a maximum fine and forfeiture of a first-round draft choice, or multiple draft choices, is in fact more significant and long-lasting, and therefore more effective,...
    on Sep 13, 2007 By: Roger Goodell Source: USA Today

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