Definition of to the effect that in US English:

to the effect that

phrase

  • Used to refer to the general sense of something written or spoken.

    ‘some comments to the effect that my essay was a little light on analysis’
    • ‘The passages that we cite in paragraph 14 are to the effect that there were findings about young men.’
    • ‘This prompted a comment to the effect that the change in cash flow had caused a large distortion.’
    • ‘In both cases the comments were to the effect that the demand must be made as soon as the officers formed the suspicion.’
    • ‘She was babbling something to the effect that, if she could just get his autograph, her life would be complete.’
    • ‘There's a Japanese saying to the effect that if you do a favor for someone you must humbly apologize, because you have caused them to lose face.’
    • ‘There's an old saying in rural Ireland to the effect that if you get the name of getting up early then you can stay in bed all day.’
    • ‘I've left a comment to the effect that I can't see how they'd be much use in moving people around a city.’
    • ‘Somwhere on this chain a comment was made to the effect that we were becoming a service oriented economy.’
    • ‘My problem concerns my daughter, who at the end of last year wrote me a short note to the effect that she wanted no further contact with me.’
    • ‘He made some announcement to the effect that there had been some fighting.’