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a. Characterized by extreme refinement or self-indulgence, often to the point of unworldiness or decadence: "the effete taste of people surfeited with expensive comforts" (R.P.T. Davenport-Hines).
b. Having or reflecting an attitude of social superiority; pretentious or snobbish: "Throughout its amateur era tennis was a country club sport, denigrated as elitist and effete" (Stuart Miller).
2. Depleted of vitality, force, or effectiveness; exhausted: the effete monarchies of Europe.
3. Effeminate: "As a manly adventurer ... [Saint Paul] seemed the perfect rebuttal to our great, if unspoken, fear that the celibate vocation was effete" (James Carroll).
4. Archaic No longer productive; infertile.

[Latin effētus, worn out, exhausted : ex-, ex- + fētus, bearing young, pregnant; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

ef·fete′ly adv.
ef·fete′ness n.


[ɪˈfiːtnɪs] Ncansancio m
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There is another young lady here, who is less abnormally developed than the one I have just described, but who yet bears the stamp of this peculiar combination of incompleteness and effeteness.
These redevelopment projects will put the upmost priority on cost effeteness and efficiency in maintaining future growth.
Survival of Firms and Other Businesses in a Free Market Economic Environment Which is Continually Witnessing the Elimination of Trade Barriers and More Integration of Markets, and Where the Competition Becomes Increasingly Tougher and more Ruthless, Without Having a good level of Effeteness in Achieving Goals, Efficiency, Economy, and the Optimal Management of Resources are impossible.
For one thing, those low birth rates among "true Romans," and perhaps a luxury-wrought effeteness.