Definition of ineffectual in English:

ineffectual

adjective

  • 1Not producing any significant or desired effect.

    ‘an ineffectual campaign’
    • ‘Anyone know of the seemingly ineffectual changes to the way films are nominated for the documentary Oscar?’
    • ‘If it is about security, it's totally ineffectual anyway.’
    • ‘The world's leaders may have failed, the UN may have failed and the final action plan and political declaration may be ineffectual.’
    • ‘Banning things is usually a pretty ineffectual way of stopping people from doing what they want.’
    • ‘The woman could not be less interested but the blackboard she gets for her dowry comes in handy as a rather ineffectual shelter against chemical weapons.’
    • ‘It is hard to see what more could be done other than a punitive and probably ineffectual bombing campaign.’
    • ‘No matter what cause those who hijacked these flights were fighting for, their tactics are unacceptable and ineffectual.’
    • ‘The guy's a plonker and made a totally ineffectual campaign leader.’
    • ‘We have been spared three years' ineffectual management.’
    • ‘The entire civil society response has been ineffectual.’
    • ‘Interestingly the legislation that was passed to control illegal radio stations was remarkably ineffectual.’
    • ‘This has the effect of fooling us into believing that this power is ineffectual.’
    • ‘He seems to me in the line of Jane Austen's failed fathers, less ineffectual than Emma's, less priggish than Anne's.’
    • ‘Luftwaffe tactical support for ground operations during the rest of the campaign remained spotty and ineffectual.’
    • ‘He has shown how false and useless and ineffectual the law truly is.’
    • ‘But in situations like this, ineffectual gestures are usually worse than no gestures at all.’
    • ‘Or if I do, it's so ludicrously truncated and ineffectual as to be useless.’
    • ‘The Executive's advertising campaigns contrive to be both insulting and ineffectual.’
    • ‘The regulation of our national financial affairs has been as ineffectual as the regulation of political behaviour.’
    inefficient, ineffective, inefficacious, unsuccessful, powerless, impotent, inadequate, inept, incompetent, incapable, unfit, lame, feeble, weak, poor
    ineffective, unproductive, unsuccessful, non-successful, profitless, fruitless, futile, failed, abortive, vain, unavailing, useless, worthless, inadequate, inefficient, inefficacious, lame, inept, bungled, bungling
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) lacking the ability or qualities to fulfil a role or handle a situation.
      ‘she was neglectful and ineffectual as a parent’
      • ‘Only problem is, he is ineffectual and naive as a new member of the corruptible capitalist system.’
      • ‘When he says ineffectual, he just can't say no to people.’
      • ‘Other times, I feel completely ineffectual, and people progress immeasurably.’
      • ‘Those divisions contribute to the perception that they are ineffectual.’
      • ‘He is ineffectual in his dual post anyway, but he still can rant and rave over it.’
      • ‘Yet as an immigrant and woman of color, she is ineffectual in America.’
      • ‘Speaking of ineffectual parents, we get them in the shop all the time.’
      • ‘He has been ineffectual in parliament and widely ridiculed for his persona as the ‘quiet man’ of politics.’
      • ‘Your government is proving itself to be ineffectual when it comes to looking after its own people.’
      • ‘Saying that you don't like the choices available is weak and ineffectual.’
      • ‘How our poor, ineffectual Mayor must envy his opposite number in Paris!’
      • ‘He was my hero when he was Tom, but now he was Jerry he seemed weak and ineffectual.’
      • ‘His mother, a pale, ineffectual, religious woman, dies young, leaving Archie to the care of a father he dreads and dislikes.’
      • ‘Our ineffectual government should have done something about this appalling situation by now.’
      • ‘She balled her fists and struck out at him, her efforts feeble and ineffectual.’
      • ‘These difficulties would be ignored if he appeared a huge impediment, but he is ineffectual rather than terrible.’
      • ‘In point of fact, he was remarkably ineffectual at anything but promoting a sort of genteel cronyism.’
      • ‘The UF and Green candidates seemed quite ineffectual, especially compared to the people they stood last time.’
      • ‘He is around forty, sandy haired, ineffectual and weak chinned.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin ineffectualis, from in- ‘not’ + effectualis, from Latin effectus (see effect); in later use from in- ‘not’ + effectual.

Pronunciation

ineffectual

/ɪnɪˈfɛktʃʊəl/