Definition of in effect in English:

in effect


  • 1In force.

    ‘a moratorium in effect since 1985 has been lifted’
    • ‘My computer is informing me that legal locks are in effect and I can't fire my gun.’
    • ‘Stephenson, on the other hand, thought that a contract must be in effect during the transfer.’
    • ‘I find that she was fully aware that the contract was in effect and binding on her.’
    • ‘The fact is, a very real program is in effect, and its goal is control of the human race!’
    be in force, be in operation, act, stand, apply, be applied, run, be valid, remain valid, be current, function, be efficacious, hold good, be the case, be the order of the day, obtain, hold, be prevalent, prevail, pertain, be established
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    1. 1.1 In practice, even if not formally acknowledged.
      ‘the minister's powers allow him, in effect, to ban programmes’
      • ‘In effect, this would result in pensions being actuarially reduced for early payment.’
      • ‘As to the way in which he conducted his practice he said initially, in effect, that he took no attendance notes.’
      • ‘In effect, it is operating as a commercial company but with the cushion against failure provided by the licence fee.’
      • ‘To adopt the petitioner's approach allows me to in effect reassess the costs of the motion.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that this judge, in effect, started pretty close to the top and worked his way down.’
      • ‘It has allowed British Cycling to establish what is, in effect, a professional team.’
      • ‘In fact, we are about to spend several hundred pages in effect defining advertising.’
      • ‘There was no argument about that, that it was not a payment, in effect, by the company.’
      • ‘An inflexible rule protecting such uses would in effect allow the creation of servitudes.’
      • ‘The new system of Payment by Results instituted what was in effect merit pay for teachers.’
      really, in reality, in truth, in fact, in actual fact, effectively, essentially, in essence, virtually, practically, in practical terms, for all practical purposes, to all intents and purposes, in all but name, all but, as good as, more or less, as near as dammit, almost, nearly, well nigh, nigh on, just about
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