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1. Not producing the desired effect: an ineffectual treatment for indigestion. See Synonyms at futile.
2. Lacking forcefulness or effectiveness; inadequate or incompetent: an ineffectual ruler; ineffectual in dealing with a problem.

in′ef·fec′tu·al′i·ty (-ăl′ĭ-tē), in′ef·fec′tu·al·ness n.
in′ef·fec′tu·al·ly adv.
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Noun1.ineffectuality - lacking the power to be effective
impotence, impotency, powerlessness - the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble
inefficaciousness, inefficacy - a lack of efficacy


The condition or state of being incapable of accomplishing or effecting anything:
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Fear of age and ineffectuality took possession of her.
The NHIS Executive Secretary went ahead to advance five reasons for the ineffectuality of the Minister's action of suspending him.
The prime minister further dubbed the discord thus exposed within the Congress Party as indicative of its ineffectuality to govern a nation.
The US and individual Middle East rulers do not want to acknowledge the ineffectuality of their policies wherein injustice, intolerance, and the absence of freedoms stimulate and incite thousands of potential terrorists.
Even failing that rosy aspiration, it seems clear the building Compliance on a firm base of business savvy, and getting it out of Legal, will do good service by removing one of the many causes of anxiety and ineffectuality in the field.
His intervention here has no effect--a direct parallel with the ineffectuality of his brother John's attempt to awaken Emma to Mr.
Is it legitimate to evoke the memory of the Shoah--that is, of the camps and of Auschwitz,--not as factories spewing out death, suffering, terror, despair and dehumanization but as places perpetrating the destruction of intellectuals, whose insignificance and ineffectuality were revealed as never before.
For better or for worse, George Herbert Walker Bush has been enshrined in collective memory as a series of caricatures, all of them evoking ineffectuality.
There's great deal of corruption, inefficiency, ineffectuality, and really the country was going from one crisis to another, he said.
According to McPherson, dominant representations of refugee women in forced migration policies have rendered those women invisible or have emphasised their victimhood and ineffectuality.
By undermining the dog's virility, Jak simultaneously reveals that the dog reflects his own feelings of ineffectuality and attempts to reassert his masculinity through enacting abusive behaviour.
On the other hand, Revolutionary Teamsters gives the lie to the belief in an inherent ineffectuality of Trotskyism, and shows the importance of its heritage as disproportionate to the movement's small size.