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1‘there is no effective treatment for this condition’
successful, effectual, efficacious, productive, constructive, fruitful, functional, potent, powerful
worthwhile, helpful, of help, of assistance, beneficial, advantageous, valuable, useful, of use
ineffective, incompetent, weak
2‘a more effective argument can be constructed in support of the opposite point of view’
convincing, compelling, strong, forceful, forcible, powerful, potent, weighty, plausible, efficacious, sound, valid, well founded, telling
impressive, persuasive, irresistible, credible, influential, conclusive, unanswerable, authoritative
logical, reasoned, reasonable, well reasoned, rational, lucid, coherent, cogent, eloquent, clear, articulate
3‘the new law will become effective three months from now’
operative, in force, in effect, in operation, valid, official, signed and sealed
lawful, legal, licit, legitimate, legally binding, binding
4‘the region did not come under effective Dutch control until 1904’
virtual, practical, essential, operative, actual, implied, implicit, unacknowledged, tacit
‘no one doubts that these measures will be effective’
succeed, be successful, work, work out, turn out well, go as planned, have the desired result, get results, be efficacious
have an effect, take effect, be efficacious, function, act, have results, take hold
come off, pay off, do the trick, do the business
turn the trick
fail, have no effect
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