AskDefine | Define ineffectual

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ineffectual adj
1 not sufficient to produce a desired result; "an ineffectual effort to block the legislation" [ant: effectual]
2 not producing an intended effect; "an ineffective teacher"; "ineffective legislation" [syn: ineffective, uneffective] [ant: effective]
3 producing no result or effect; "a futile effort"; "the therapy was ineffectual"; "an otiose undertaking"; "an unavailing attempt" [syn: futile, otiose, unavailing]
4 lacking in power or forcefulness; "an ineffectual ruler"; "like an unable phoenix in hot ashes" [syn: ineffective, unable]

User Contributed Dictionary



in- "not" + effectual "having effect"


  1. unable or insufficient to produce effect; futile
    After several ineffectual and abortive leaps, we were forced to lift him over the obstacle.
  2. worthless
  3. weak; lacking forcefulness
    Our group leader proved highly ineffectual, caving to every whim put forth by the other members.

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