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1In force:‘a moratorium in effect since 1985 has been lifted’
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 establishedView synonyms
- ‘The fact is, a very real program is in effect, and its goal is control of the human race!’
- ‘My computer is informing me that legal locks are in effect and I can't fire my gun.’
- ‘I find that she was fully aware that the contract was in effect and binding on her.’
- ‘Stephenson, on the other hand, thought that a contract must be in effect during the transfer.’
- 1.1 In practice, even if not formally acknowledged:‘the minister's powers allow him, in effect, to ban programmes’
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 aboutplus-minuspretty much, pretty nearly, pretty wellView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In effect, it is operating as a commercial company but with the cushion against failure provided by the licence fee.’
- ‘As to the way in which he conducted his practice he said initially, in effect, that he took no attendance notes.’
- ‘To adopt the petitioner's approach allows me to in effect reassess the costs of the motion.’
- ‘It has allowed British Cycling to establish what is, in effect, a professional team.’
- ‘An inflexible rule protecting such uses would in effect allow the creation of servitudes.’
- ‘In effect, this would result in pensions being actuarially reduced for early payment.’
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