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

  efficacy \ef"fi*ca*cy\, n. [L. efficacia, fr. efficax. See
     Power to produce effects; operation or energy of an agent or
     force; production of the effect intended; as, the efficacy of
     medicine in counteracting disease; the efficacy of prayer.
     "Of noxious efficacy." --Milton.
     Syn: efficacy.
          [1913 Webster]
     Syn: Virtue; force; energy; potency; efficiency.
          [1913 Webster] efficience

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: capacity or power to produce a desired effect; "concern
           about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine" [syn:
           efficacy, efficaciousness] [ant: inefficaciousness,

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