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

  Effectual \Ef*fec"tu*al\ (?; 135), a. [See Effect, n.]
     Producing, or having adequate power or force to produce, an
     intended effect; adequate; efficient; operative; decisive.
     [1913 Webster]
           Effectual steps for the suppression of the rebellion.
     [1913 Webster]
     Effectual calling (Theol.), a doctrine concerning the work
        of the Holy Spirit in producing conviction of sin and
        acceptance of salvation by Christ, -- one of the five
        points of Calvinism. See Calvinism.
     Syn: Effectual, Efficacious, Effective.
     Usage: An efficacious remedy is had recourse to, and proves
            effective if it does decided good, effectual if it
            does all the good desired. --C. J. Smith.
            [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: having legal efficacy or force; "a sound title to the
         property" [syn: legal, sound, effectual]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  108 Moby Thesaurus words for "effectual":
     able, achieving, active, actual, adequate, ascertained, attested,
     authenticated, authoritative, banausic, behind the scenes, binding,
     capable, categorically true, causal, causative, certain, certified,
     charismatic, charming, competent, conclusive, confirmed,
     consequential, constitutive, corroborated, decisive, demonstrated,
     determinative, determined, documentary, effective, efficacious,
     efficient, enchanting, equal to, established, estimable,
     etiological, factual, feasible, forceful, forcible, formative,
     fulfilling, functional, go, historical, important, in force,
     influential, institutive, lawful, legal, magnetic, momentous,
     not in error, objectively true, occasional, operable, operational,
     operative, originative, personable, persuasive, pivotal, potent,
     powerful, practicable, practical, pragmatic, prestigious,
     productive, proficient, proved, real, realizable, reputable, sound,
     strong, suasive, substantial, substantiated, sure-enough, telling,
     toothy, true, true as gospel, truthful, unconfuted, undenied,
     undoubted, unerroneous, unfallacious, unfalse, unmistaken,
     unquestionable, unrefuted, up to, useful, valid, validated,
     veracious, verified, veritable, weighty, winning, workable

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