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 for effective
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Effective \Ef*fect"ive\, n.
     1. That which produces a given effect; a cause. --Jer.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. One who is capable of active service.
        [1913 Webster]
              He assembled his army -- 20,000 effectives -- at
              Corinth.                              --W. P.
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     3. [F. effectif real, effective, real amount.] (Com.) Specie
        or coin, as distinguished from paper currency; -- a term
        used in many parts of Europe. --Simmonds.
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     4. The serviceable soldiers in a country; an army or any
        military body, collectively; as, France's effective.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Effective \Ef*fect"ive\, a. [L. effectivus: cf. F. effectif.]
     Having the power to produce an effect or effects; producing a
     decided or decisive effect; efficient; serviceable;
     operative; as, an effective force, remedy, speech; the
     effective men in a regiment.
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           They are not effective of anything, nor leave no work
           behind them.                             --Bacon.
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           Whosoever is an effective, real cause of doing his
           heighbor wrong, is criminal.             --Jer. Taylor.
     Syn: Efficient; forcible; active; powerful; energetic;
          competent. See Effectual.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: producing or capable of producing an intended result or
             having a striking effect; "an air-cooled motor was more
             effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-
             distance transportation"-LewisMumford; "effective
             teaching methods"; "effective steps toward peace"; "made
             an effective entrance"; "his complaint proved to be
             effectual in bringing action"; "an efficacious law" [syn:
             effective, effectual, efficacious] [ant:
             ineffective, ineffectual, uneffective]
      2: able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively;
         "people who will do nothing unless they get something out of
         it for themselves are often highly effective
         persons..."-G.B.Shaw; "effective personnel"; "an efficient
         secretary"; "the efficient cause of the revolution" [syn:
         effective, efficient]
      3: works well as a means or remedy; "an effective reprimand"; "a
         lotion that is effective in cases of prickly heat"
      4: exerting force or influence; "the law is effective
         immediately"; "a warranty good for two years"; "the law is
         already in effect (or in force)" [syn: effective, good,
         in effect(p), in force(p)]
      5: existing in fact; not theoretical; real; "a decline in the
         effective demand"; "confused increased equipment and
         expenditure with the quantity of effective work done"
      6: ready for service; "the fort was held by about 100 effective

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  107 Moby Thesaurus words for "effective":
     able, acid, active, actual, adequate, armipotent, authoritative,
     banausic, basic, biting, capable, charismatic, charming, cogent,
     compelling, competent, consequential, conspicuous, convincing,
     corrosive, cutting, direct, driving, dynamic, effectual,
     efficacious, efficient, enchanting, energetic, equal to, essential,
     estimable, feasible, forceful, forcible, functional, functioning,
     go, gutsy, high-potency, high-powered, high-pressure, high-tension,
     imperative, important, impressive, in force, in operation,
     in power, incisive, influential, irresistible, magnetic, mighty,
     mighty in battle, momentous, mordant, moving, nervous, noticeable,
     operable, operational, operative, outstanding, penetrating,
     personable, persuasive, piercing, poignant, potent, powerful,
     practicable, practical, pragmatic, prepotent, prestigious,
     productive, proficient, puissant, punchy, real, realizable,
     remarkable, reputable, ruling, sensational, serviceable, sinewed,
     sinewy, slashing, sound, striking, strong, suasive, substantial,
     telling, trenchant, true, up to, useful, valid, vigorous, virtuous,
     vital, weighty, winning, workable

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