ineffectual ineffectual  /ˌɪ nə ˈfɛk tʃu əl/


  1. (adj) not producing an intended effect
  2. (adj) producing no result or effect
  3. (adj) lacking in power or forcefulness


  1. The police ineffectual in restraining the drug lords from carrying out their deadly trade.
  2. The past team building exercises of the Company have been boring, ineffectual and a waste of time.
  3. On foreign policy the Minister's ideas have been muted and ineffectual.


  1. After Slow Start, Obama Administration Finds its Voice on Surveillance

    After a week of mostly ad hoc, often cryptic and generally ineffectual responses to leaked details about its anti-terror surveillance programs, the Obama administration has finally begun articulating a clearer defense of those programs. It amounts to a two pronged-message: The snooping isn’t as bad as it sounds, and your civil liberties are scrupulously protected. President Obama kicked off the ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Swampland

  2. How the Clippers could walk away

    How could the Los Angeles Clippers possibly walk away from a negotiation that would’ve yielded them Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers for a relatively unproven young center, a couple of first-round draft picks and the relatively small burden of taking on one or two mid-level contracts? That’s the question gnawing at some Clipper fans and many Clipper skeptics on Tuesday, but however ineffectual the ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: ESPN Blogs


  1. "At best, [Mbeki] has been ineffectual in his efforts to advise, cajole and persuade Robert Mugabe to reverse his unjust and brutal regime," Sentamu wrote. "At worst, Mbeki is complicit in his failing to lead the charge against a neighbor who...
    on Sep 17, 2007 By: John Sentamu Source: Episcopal-Life

  2. "Climate change alone is unlikely to trigger state failure in any state out to 2030, but the impacts will worsen existing problems -- such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership and weak political...
    on Jun 25, 2008 By: Thomas Fingar Source: CNN International

  3. "We are downgrading our efforts to eradicate crops-spraying, a policy we think is totally ineffectual," Holbrooke, the special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said in his testimony.
    on Jun 24, 2009 By: Richard Holbrooke Source: AFP

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