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ineffectual

in·ef·fec·tu·al

ineffectual

 
 
pronunciation:
In ih fek chu l
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not producing an intended effect.
Their attempt to bail out the water from the leaky boat was ineffectual.
antonyms:
effectual
similar words:
abortive, fruitless, useless, vain
definition 2: incapable of acting effectively.
The ineffectual parents had no control over their badly-behaved children.
antonyms:
effectual, strong
similar words:
fruitless, weak
derivations: ineffectually (adv.), ineffectuality (n.), ineffectualness (n.)
Word Parts
The word ineffectual contains the following part:
-al2, -ial, -ual Latin adjective-forming suffix that means pertaining to
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The suffix -al2, -ial attaches primarily to nouns (national , environmental ) but sometimes to Latin or Greek roots (final , capital , comical ) to form adjectives. See also -ar1.