A Word A Day : Ineffectual

Saturday, 1st December 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : in-efekch-ool

1. Insufficient to produce a desired effect

2. Lacking forcefulness or effectiveness

3. Not producing an intended effect

4. Having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully


Futile, Unavailing, Otiose, Useless, Powerless, Ineffective, Inefficacious, Idle, Inefficient, Unable, Impotent


Powerful, Useful, Effective, Able, Potent, Efficient

Contextual Examples:

• She made no ineffectual efforts to conduct her household.

• All these summons proving ineffectual. Mrs Blifil declared she was seriously frightened.

Related Words:

1. Ineffectually : Adverb

2. Ineffectualness & Ineffectuality : Noun

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