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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ineffectualness - 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:
عدَم فَعاليّه ، عَدَم نَجاعَه
gagnsleysi; dugleysi


(iniˈfektʃuəl) adjective
1. not producing any result or the desired result. His attempts to keep order in the classroom were quite ineffectual.
2. (of a person) not confident or able to lead people; not able to get things done. an ineffectual teacher.
ˌinefˈfectualness noun
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A state like this would ever be exposed to the invasions of those who were powerful and inclined to attack it; but, as has been already mentioned, its situation preserves it, as it is free from the inroads of foreigners; and for this reason the family slaves still remain quiet at Crete, while the Helots are perpetually revolting: for the Cretans take no part in foreign affairs, and it is but lately that any foreign troops have made an attack upon the island; and their ravages soon proved the ineffectualness of their laws.
Meanwhile acquaintance with Carlyle had combined with experience to convince him of the comparative ineffectualness of mere art-criticism as a social and religious force.
Bergoglio himself experienced what it meant to live at the margins of society when he faced controversial claims surrounding his position in a passive ecclesial structure and thus his ineffectualness during this period and during his sojourn in Germany.
That Al and Max have little trepidation in killing Ole Andreson, and George, Nick, and Sam, too, if they need to dispose of witnesses--why else does Al tell George he has "a lot of luck" (285)--speaks to the power of organized crime at the time and the ineffectualness of the law.
Proponents of the critique have offered various types of empirical evidence purporting to support their point of view and the ineffectualness of zoning.
And that is wrong, indeed making for the ineffectualness of the policy right from the word go.
There's a fine line between conviction and radicalism, between moralism and sanctimoniousness, between thoughtfulness and ineffectualness, between resolve and stubbornness.
The Commission for Gender Equality, an independent statutory body established in 1996 to monitor the government, private sphere and civil society, including the Office on the Status of Women, has been similarly plagued (103, 115): it is "hobbled by perennial infighting, mediocre performance and ineffectualness so severe that its complete disappearance would go unnoticed.
Phinehas conveyed this information to Moses, who realized its significance--showing God's love for His people, the prophetic beauty of Balaam's meshalim, and the ineffectualness of pagan sorcery.
Therefore, one of the more striking features of Sutton Brown's discourse was its relative ineffectualness.
While some will point to a similar ineffectualness in last season's Champions League semifinal defeat to Chelsea, it is premature to talk of a permanent decline.