Definition of in effect in English:

in effect


  • 1In force.

    ‘a moratorium in effect since 1985 has been lifted’
    • ‘I find that she was fully aware that the contract was in effect and binding on her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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. 1.1In practice, even if not formally acknowledged.
      ‘the minister's powers allow him, in effect, to ban programmes’
      • ‘It has allowed British Cycling to establish what is, in effect, a professional team.’
      • ‘In effect, it is operating as a commercial company but with the cushion against failure provided by the licence fee.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The new system of Payment by Results instituted what was in effect merit pay for teachers.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that this judge, in effect, started pretty close to the top and worked his way down.’
      • ‘To adopt the petitioner's approach allows me to in effect reassess the costs of the motion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In fact, we are about to spend several hundred pages in effect defining advertising.’